Legalized Wage Theft?

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According to Huffington Post, the burrito chain, Chipotle’s, has asked the Supreme Court to exclude 2,814 workers from a massive wage theft lawsuit because they signed mandatory arbitration agreements. Questions: 1. At the heart of this dispute, how many people who have worked for the burrito chain joined a 2014 lawsuit alleging the company systemically… Read more »

Seattle’s Creative Accounting

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According to The Week, a nine-person panel unanimously approved a new $275-per-employee tax on big companies (like Amazon) in Seattle, in order to raise about $48 million annually for homeless services. Questions: 1. In Seattle, how much has the number of people sleeping on the street grown by over the period from 2015to 2017? 2…. Read more »

Sweet Betsy from Pike

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In a break with Obama administration policy, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced in December that some students cheated by the now-defunct schools would only get a part of their federal student loan forgiven. In order to determine how much to forgive, the agency analyzes average earnings of graduates from similar programs. Questions: 1. What did… Read more »

Flight of the Bumble Bee

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According to the Associated Press, U.S. prosecutors filed a criminal charge against the CEO of Bumble Bee Foods as part of an ongoing investigation into price fixing in the packaged seafood industry. Questions: 1. During what period did the firm allegedly conspire with others in the industry to eliminate competition by setting prices for canned… Read more »

Are All Mugshots Created Equally? Depends on How Much They Are Worth!

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According to Wired.com and ARS Technica, the California attorney general’s office charged four people with extortion, money laundering, and identity theft for their alleged involvement with the website Mugshots.com, which posts people’s mugshots, but will take them down for a fee. Questions: Questions: 1. Nationally, how much did the owners receive from people wanting their… Read more »

Would you rather make a Type 1 or Type 2 Error Regarding the Emergency Room Visit?

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Jim Burton thought he was dying after lifting a box in his garage last and feeling a large jolt in his back. When his health insurer, Anthem, refused to pay for his E.R. visit of $1,722, citing that care was not needed right away, Jim learned that Anthem denied thousands of claims last year under… Read more »

Sports Betting in All States!

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According to the New York Times, The Supreme Court struck down a federal law that effectively banned commercial sports betting in most states, boosting the prospect of such gambling across the nation. Questions: 1. Who are the winners in this decision? 2. Who are the losers in this decision? 3. According to the article, what… Read more »

The Amazon of Health Care?

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According to Slate.com, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a sprawling health system that dominates much of western Pennsylvania’s health care market, announced that it would spend $2 billion to build a trio of new hospitals within its home city. Questions: 1. What was the purpose of each of the three hospitals? 2. What was… Read more »

For the “Can’t Believe it Happened” File

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Alleged postal thief mastermind Dushaun Henderson-Spruce orchestrated the theft of thousands of pieces of mail from a global corporation, including corporate American Express cards, business checks and invoices, and rerouted them halfway across the country. Questions: 1. How did he do it? 2. How long did the scheme last? 3. What internal control could have… Read more »

Growing your own mystery meat!

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According to Reuters, Tyson Foods (TSN.N), the largest U.S. meat processor, has invested in an Israeli biotech company developing a way to grow affordable meat in a laboratory that takes live animals out of the equation. Questions: 1. What does the technology focus on in order to provide the same texture as meat? 2. How… Read more »