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Larry Convicted in Civil Suit in Brazil

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Larry Mullen has been convicted by a Brazilian court in a civil case that dates back to 2003. The ruling was entered Friday (original in Portuguese and Google translation) and, if I'm reading the judgment correctly, orders Larry to pay $800,000 Brazilian real, which is equal to about $480,000 US dollars.

The case stems from an interview that Bono and Larry did in 2000, in which Larry apparently stated that concert promoter Franco Bruni did not pay the band for U2's concerts in Brazil in 1998. Three days after the interview appeared, Sheila Roche (then of Principle Management) told a Brazilian newspaper that Larry had made a mistake -- that Bruni had paid U2 its concert fees, but hadn't paid the band money related to "author's rights."

The ruling on Friday acquitted Bono, but found Larry, a Brazilian journalist, and the Brazilian media company InfoGlobo all guilty.

The Brazilian fan site U2BR.com reported on this over the weekend (Google translation), so read that for what is probably a better recap of the story. This January 2008 article from Zero Hora (Google translation) also sheds some light on the lawsuit. If you're a member of our @U2 news mailing list, see this post from May 2001, which is the first time we ever reported on the matter. (If you're not a member of our news mailing list, you can join here.)

(thx to Beth A. for help)