SEC loosens independence rules

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According to Accounting Today, the SEC loosened independence rules as part of a deregulatory push in recent years. Questions: According to the article, what will the amendments to Rule 2-01 of Regulation SX do? How do the new and old rules vary on the following situation: An auditor is with a firm that audits a… Read more »

PwC faces $40 M lawsuit from Botswana supermarket

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According to Accounting Today, two senior executives at Botswana supermarket chain, Choppies Enterprises Ltd., are suing former auditors PwC for 653 million rand ($40 million) for not signing off on the company’s 2018 accounts, leading to a share price collapse. Questions: What are the actual allegations? How much did Choppies shares lose between September 2018… Read more »

Did you really get a good deal on Amazon Prime Day?

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Amazon’s extravaganza sale, Prime Day, is frequented by people who pay  annual or monthly fees to be specially treated with more ways to spend. But is this once a year event about really saving money or just being manipulated via behavioral finance? Questions: According to the article, what is behavioral finance? According to the article,… Read more »

General Electric on Notice by the SEC action

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According to the Washington Post and the regulatory filing, the Securities and Exchange Commission warned General Electric that it faces legal action in connection with its troubled insurance business. Questions: What is a Wells notice that the SEC issued to GE? What is the reason for the notice to GE, specifically? What will happen next… Read more »

Landmark Copyright Case

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According to the Washington Post, Supreme Court justices pressed Google to explain why its use of software code to develop its Android mobile operating system didn’t amount to theft, in a closely watched case that could determine how copyright law applies to software. Questions: What is Google’s argument? Who challenged Google’s assertion and what was… Read more »

Gard area of France is Facing a Big Decision

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According to the New York Times, the picturesque Gard area of France, famous for Rhone wines, desperately needs more employment, but environmentalists are pushing back at the possibility of Amazon’s looming “blight.” Questions: According to the article, what is the extent of the “blight” that Amazon’s new warehouse would cause in the area? What is… Read more »

Honest Valuation

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According to the New York Times, Honest Company hired Morgan Stanley and Jefferies to run a sale process, with the hopes of valuing the company at more than $1 billion. Questions: What type of business is Honest Company? Why do they say in the article that the valuation the Honest Company will be a test of its turnaround? What does… Read more »

Google and New Mexico

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According to the New York Times, a federal lawsuit against Google for violation of child online privacy was dismissed. Questions: Why was the lawsuit dismissed? What Act did New Mexico fail to prove violation by Google? What was the issue that brought the case to course? Source:https://youtu.be/vFC6sjVVst0 Wakabayashi, D. (2020). New Mexico’s privacy lawsuit against… Read more »

United Airlines’ Collective Sacrifice

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According to the New York Times, members of the United Airlines pilots’ union agreed to a collective sacrifice to prevent the airline’s 13,000 pilots from being furloughed until June 2021. Questions: As a contract agreement looms, how many jobs are United Airlines and its pilots’ union planning to save? How much money did the passenger… Read more »

Amusement and Theme Park Woes

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During 2020, amusement and theme parks have reduced operating days, slashed ticket prices, and closed early for the year because of lower-than-hoped attendance. Questions: In what state have theme and amusement parks been closed since mid-March? What was one of the most surprising issues in the article? Which park has ” social distance squads”? Source:… Read more »