Don’t Delay Reporting to Federal Officials

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According to the Washington Post, The Life Care Center of Kirkland in Washington State failed to report an outbreak of respiratory illness to local authorities for two weeks as required by law under Medicare and Medicaid, which led to 40 COVID-19 deaths at the nursing home. Questions: How much is the per-day civil penalty levied… Read more »

Be Careful What you Wish For: Stranded in Paradise

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According to the New York Times, a South African couple, on their honeymoon in the Maldives are now the sole visitors at a five-star resort, due to the coronavirus. Questions: Why don’t they go home with the other 40 South Africans in the Maldives? Who is running the resort and what regulations does the government… Read more »

Drowning in Arbitration

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According to the New York Times, as companies face a flood of claims, they are employing new strategies to thwart the very process that they have upheld as the optimal way to resolve disputes. Questions: Why are some companies trying to short-circuit the process? How are some companies trying to short-circuit arbitrations? What is FairShake… Read more »

If You Have Dollars, We’re On Standby

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According to the New York Times, lobbyists are waiting in the wings as the Federal government opens up for coronavirus business. Questions: Which agency has been battling a lot of fraudulent products related to the coronavirus outbreak? How much money did Congress allocate to the EPA to facilitate faster regulatory processing of coronavirus-killing disinfectants? Explain… Read more »

Sad…..

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As the coronavirus pandemic is affecting jobs across the country, ZipRecruiter announced that it will be cutting a large amount of jobs. Questions How much of its workforce is ZipRecruiter cutting? Discuss the timing and why this is so ironic? Where is ZipRecruiter headquartered? Source Morris, M. (2020). $1.5 BILLION ZipRecruiter just laid off hundreds… Read more »

Shopping Life Changes During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Nationwide, many stores are closing an hour earlier than regular closing times “to allow employees to clean and restock store shelves, as well as for their health and wellbeing.” Questions: Besides closing early, what are some stores doing? What is Dollar General encouraging their shoppers to do? What types of stores were primarily highlighted in… Read more »

A Tesla Perspective

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According to BusinessInsider.com, Tesla stock is still overpriced despite a 40% reduction due to the coronavirus. Questions: According to Sacconaghi, why is Tesla stock so vulnerable? What is a realistic baseline valuation for the stock? Explain Saconaghi’s statement: ” Tesla stock remains high enough that it takes very aggressive assumptions on its future auto business… Read more »

I Smell a Bailout – Maybe for some?

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According to Bloomberg, many airlines have been driven into a technical bankruptcy or they have substantially breached debt covenants already.  Questions: Explain why the debt covenants are characteristic of the airline industry. 2. The article talks about steps that have been already taken by some airlines as they are depleted of cash. What are some… Read more »

Amazon’s business surges

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Amazon has seen a dramatic uptick in sales as people are hunkered down due to the coronavirus. Questions: As a result of this dramatic surge in sales, what does Amazon plan to do? What did Amazon warn customers on March 2? Besides Bloomberg, what other publication reported news of the projected hiring? Source: Soper, S…. Read more »

What a Time to be Offline!

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According to BusinessInsider.com, Robinhood, a millennial favorite stock app, was offline for iPhone and Android users during the entire day, when the Dow made its biggest point gain ever. Questions: What do millennials see as the benefit of Robinhood? By how many points did the Dow Jones industrial average rise on Monday after the horrible… Read more »