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Yucaipa Companies, the investment firm of activist shareholder Ron Burkle, has sent a letter to his fellow shareholders to “set facts straight on company performance” and dispute claims made by the Barnes & Noble board on 9 September.

Family-owned ceramics manufacturer Villeroy & Boch has announced it is to appeal a decision by the European Commission to fine it for its part in an alleged price fixing cartel that has implicated other family businesses.

Barnes & Noble, the US bookseller controlled by the Riggio family, has sent a letter to shareholders urging them to vote against proposals made by activist shareholder Ron Burkle.

Family-owned Swatch Group has confirmed it has launched a legal action against UBS in relation to an absolute return fund sold to the watchmaker in 2009.

US activist investor Ron Burkle shows no signs of giving up his efforts to gain greater control of bookseller Barnes & Noble when he announced that he is appealing a court decision involving control of the family-controlled company.

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