How Low Can You Go?

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Barbara Barkley lost her house and her savings to a group of California scam artists who stole $11 million from thousands of struggling homeowners looking for help with their mortgages. Questions: 1. Who was the ringleader of the scam and what sentence does he face? 2. How did the scam work? 3. Why wasn’t there… Read more »

But wait…..there’s more………

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Already struggling to rebuild its reputation after disclosing the creation of fraudulent bank accounts, the New York Times indicates that Wells Fargo may soon release information about even more fraudulent account creation. Questions: 1. Based on the new investigation, how many accounts were found and over what period? 2. What is the new regulatory issue… Read more »

A New Way to Raise Money

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Interestingly, some entrepreneurs are following a new path, which avoids venture capital pitches or crowd funding. In this quest, before they even have a working product, they are creating their own digital currencies and selling so-called coins on the web, which sometimes raises them tens of millions of dollars in a matter of minutes. Questions:… Read more »

LSAT or GRE?

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For 70 years, the LSAT has been a rite of passage to legal education, at Harvard, as well as other law schools. However, beginning this fall, Harvard Law School will allow either the Graduate Record Examination or the Law School Admission Test for applicants. Questions: 1. Why is the GRE being considered instead of the… Read more »

The Story behind Dirty Linen

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Major American retailers, including Target and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., have been selling premium-priced sheets purportedly made of Egyptian cotton — a byword for luxury in linens. However, these may in reality be woven with lower-quality cotton blends. Questions: 1. Briefly discuss the suits seeking to be certified as class-actions against these actions. 2. Who is… Read more »

$12 per hour Employees fight back!

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Two former Wells Fargo & Co employees have filed a class action in California seeking $2.6 billion or more for workers who tried to meet aggressive sales quotas without engaging in fraud and were later demoted, forced to resign or fired. Questions: 1. Over what period of employment will the class action lawsuit cover? 2…. Read more »

Here’s the money. Do you want it?

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According to this article, Ireland doesn’t want Apple’s billions. Instead, the Irish government is appealing Europe’s tax ruling, a move that is exposing a rift in a country still feeling the aftershocks from years of harsh cutbacks. Questions: 1. What is your opinion of the politically motivated defense? 2. Would you consider Ireland to be… Read more »

You Got Caught! Unauthorized!

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According to The Guardian, Wells Fargo will pay $185m in a settlement over illegal sales practices that included the opening of unauthorized duplicate accounts and credit cards by employees in order to meet sales quotas. Questions: 1. What does the settlement include? 2. Over what period did this take place? 3. Which agency took action… Read more »

Extortion or Business as Usual?

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Aetna announced this week that it pull a majority of its participation in the insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act. Critics see this as payback to the Obama administration for blocking its proposed merger with Humana. This comes after Aetna CEO, Mark Bertoilini is on record as saying that selling insurance in… Read more »

Not a good defense when your conversations are being recorded!

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A Manhattan federal jury rejected claims by a former high-flying Wall Street executive that he was in the dark about his dad’s illegal trading of several health care mergers the banker son was privy to. Questions: 1. What is the maximum sentence that Sean Stewart faces? What is the likely sentence? 2. What amount of… Read more »