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David Beckham court date postponed after guilty plea to driving with mobile phone

David Beckham's scheduled court appearance has been postponed until next month, after he previously admitted to using his mobile phone while driving. 

The former England captain was charged last month with the driving offence after a member of the public spotted him on the phone while driving his Bentley. 

His case was originally going to be dealt with by way of the Single Justice Procedure on March 19 but was sent to Lavender Hill Magistrates' Court to be heard today (Weds) for sentencing.

Source: Irish Mirror

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French court finds Bayer’s Monsanto liable for farmer’s sickness

A French Court has upheld a guilty verdict against chemical giant Monsanto over the poisoning of a farmer who suffered neurological damage after using one of its weedkillers.

This is the latest legal setback for the company over its controversial pesticides.

Cereal farmer Paul Francois has been fighting Monsanto, a former US company which was bought by Germany’s Bayer last year, for the past 12 years.

In the first ruling of its kind against Monsanto anywhere in the world, a French court in 2012 found it guilty of poisoning Francois.

He said he began experiencing symptoms including blackouts, headaches and loss of balance and memory after inhaling fumes while using the now-banned weedkiller Lasso.

Monsanto appealed and...

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Over €100k in compensation to two families of prisoners

Over €100,000 has been paid out in compensation to two families of prisoners who had died from self-inflicted injuries while in custody in recent years.

That’s according to a document provided to the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by the Department of Justice, seen by 

The document showed that between the years of 2014 and 2018 a total of €2,359,145 was paid in compensation to prisoners. 

Another €5,913,695 in associated legal costs were borne by the State in defending these claims. 

Compensation payouts were highest in 2016, standing at €647,167, followed by 2018 at €502,646 and 2017 at €492,126. 

2015 saw €468,059 worth of compensation payouts, while payouts in 2014 stood at €249,137. 

Miriam O’Callaghan files High Court case against Facebook

Miriam O’Callaghan has filed High Court proceedings against Facebook.

O’Callaghan told the Sunday Times newspaper in January that she was planning to sue the social media giant, alleging that fake advertisements using her name and photo were being promoted on the platform. 

These advertisements featured false adverts for a face cream, and her solicitor had been complaining to Facebook about the ads since last June, she said.

Callers into the RTÉ Radio One’s Liveline with Joe Duffy last summer said they’d seen the advert and had bought the product believing it had been endorsed by O’Callaghan. 

The case was filed by O’Callaghan on Friday, and she is being represented by solicitor Paul Tweed. There is no...

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High Court action over One Direction song is resolved

The other defendants were Simco, the production company behind The X Factor; Big Deal Music, a publishing company that in 2013 Mr Ryan allegedly signed a contract with; Universal Music Publishing; EMI Music Publishing and Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd.

The case was briefly mentioned before the High Court today.

Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds was due to fix a date for the hearing of a pretrial discovery motion brought by lawyers acting for the plaintiff.

However, the court was informed that a hearing date was not required and with the consent of all the parties the entire proceedings could be struck out.

Source: RTE

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Why you should use a Brain Injury Solicitor when making a personal injury claim

Brain injury can produce impairment in the function that it controls. If the damage is limited to a small area, then it is likely that a few functions will be impaired. More commonly, there is widespread damage, which can produce a complex assortment of physical and psychological problems. The level of impairment will depend on the type, location and severity of the injury but given what the brain can do, any damage to it can have a devastating effect.

It is therefore important to ensure that the solicitor you instruct to deal with your personal injury claim is a specialist in brain injury claims. This specialist will know that the effect on you will be determined by the particular part of the brain that is damaged...

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Publican does not have to pay his brother €315K in dispute over mother’s will

The Court of Appeal said the mother's moral obligation to the younger son took precedence over all other moral obligations.

Their mother died in 2001 nearly ten years after the death of their father, who originally owned the pub. Prior to his death, the father had divided up ownership of the pub between himself, his wife and the younger son who had given up his studies in horticultural college in 1970 at the request of his parents in order to run the pub.

When the father died, his share of the company which owned the pub passed to the mother who now had a 75% stake while the younger son had 25%.

In the meantime, the older son had...

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Katie Price in court on drink-driving charge

The court was told that CCTV footage would show her Range Rover earlier damaging a Volkswagen Golf while attempting a three-point turn.

Price, who lives in Horsham, West Sussex, was met by a mass of photographers as she arrived at court in a black Mercedes.

Wearing a navy suit jacket, she had numerous coughing fits as she entered the building.

Price has denied the lesser offence and is yet to enter a plea over the second count.

Source: Breaking News

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“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett facing charge of allegedly filing a false police report

The whispers about Smollett's account started with reports that he had not fully cooperated with police after telling authorities he was attacked. Then detectives in a city bristling with surveillance cameras could not find video of the beating. Later, two brothers were taken into custody for questioning but were released after two days, with police saying they were no longer suspects.

Following three weeks of mounting suspicions, Smollett was charged Wednesday with felony disorder conduct, a charge that could bring up to three years in prison and force the actor, who is black and gay, to pay for the cost of the investigation into his report of a Jan. 29 beating.

Source: MSNBC

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Fractures, head injuries common in e-scooter collisions

UCLA researchers have found that people involved in electric scooter accidents are sometimes injured badly enough -- from fractures, dislocated joints and head injuries -- to require treatment in an emergency department.

The researchers examined data from 249 people who were treated at the emergency departments of UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center between Sept. 1, 2017, and Aug. 31, 2018. The study found that about one-third of them arrived by ambulance, an indication of the severity of their injuries.

West Los Angeles is the epicenter of the electric scooter phenomenon -- Santa Monica was one of the first U.S. cities in which the scooters were widely used -- but the vehicles are now available in more...

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