A suit called GSP Finance LLC v. KPMG LLC was filed on March 29 with GPS alleging that KPMG “was well aware of the desperate financial condition of Hicks Sports” — specifically, the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars — when it was hired to conduct the ’08 audit. The suit says Hicks Sports Group suffered losses of $113 million in 2002, $67.8 million in ’03 and $95 million in ’04. Till the Stars are sold, it won’t be clear exactly how much Hicks’s lenders have lost.
1. What issues are in question regarding the clean audit?
2. What was the related party issue that is coming to light?
3. Identify all the financial statement users impacted by this clean opinion.
Wilonsky, R. (2011)KPMG Sued For Giving Tom Hicks “Clean Audit” a Year Before $525-Million Loan Default, March 30 (Retrieved at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2011/03/kpmg_sued_for_giving_tom_hicks_clean_audit_a_year_before_525-million_loan_default.php)