Executives Defraud Chinese Pharmaceutical Company

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According to Bloomberg, China’s securities regulator blacklisted six executives for their role in a $4.2 billion accounting scandal at Kangmei Pharmaceutical Co., one of the country’s biggest drugmakers. Questions: What did the executives do? What did the firm admit to that allowed the fraud to occur? What was the problem with the fine ordered for… Read more »

Who can you trust?

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According to the New York Times, L Brands (the parent company for Victoria’s Secret and Bed, Bath & Beyond) has somehow avoided the messy board scrutiny of cronyism and time devoted to gender misconduct and sexual harassment training. Instead, the company has focused on the practice of retaliation against those alleging sexual harassment complaints. Questions:… Read more »

A $3.4 Million Loss To Keep Things Quiet

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After Bishop Michael J. Bransfield was banished from his post as head of the Catholic Church in West Virginia, the church-owned residence he had lived in was put up for sale. Questions: Why do you think the diocese was willing to take a $3.4 Million Loss? Why do you think that the diocese did not… Read more »

Hacked and Sold

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According to a ZDNet investigation, hackers commandeered user accounts for Disney Plus’ new streaming service. As a result, hackers locked users out, changed authorization log-ins, and sold the hacked accounts for as little as $3 each. Questions: Does this happen with other streaming services? If so, what are some of the other services mentioned? What… Read more »

Another Walmart PR disaster

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Walmart’s disabled greeters are being replaced by “customer hosts,” with growing responsibilities. Questions: 1. Why has this been such a PR disaster for the company? 2. How many days were the greeters given to find new jobs? 3. What is the new job of “customer hosts” meant to do? 4. What are your thoughts about… Read more »

A Story That will Tug at your Heart Strings!

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In Germany, a family owing a debt had the family dog seized by the city of Ahlen. The City then sold the dog on EBay in order to pay for the debt. Questions: 1. What were the other assets that they considered seizing? 2. Who bought the dog and what was the new owner skeptical… Read more »

Amazon Air?

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According to StockNews.com, Amazon is becoming a player in the logistics and shipping industry. Questions: 1. How many planes does Amazon have? 2. Where will its new hub be and how much does it cost? 3. How much did shipping costs increase for Amazon this year? 4. Which airport recently dethroned Atlanta as the top… Read more »

Resignation of another CEO

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Herbalife’s chief executive has resigned over unspecified comments he made before taking leadership of the Los Angeles supplement maker. Questions: 1. What did his previous remarks relate to? 2. Who is CEO Goudis’ replacement and what is the replacement’s background? 3. Why has Herbalife been in the news since 2015? Source: Pazzanghera, J. (2019). Herbalife… Read more »

Lying and CEOs – New Analytics

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According to Business Insider, a software company called Amenity Analytics (AA) reviews earnings call transcripts, press releases, company research and more to try and help hedge funds spend less time looking for important nuggets of information and more time trading. Now they have turned their attention toward truth-telling by CEOs. Questions: 1. What type of… Read more »

A Very Old Company leads to Disruption in a Valentine’s Day tradition

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What do you remember about Valentine’s Day in elementary school? Cards and Valentine’s Day candies with different sayings? But not this year! The cute, chalky little inscribed hearts will not be produced or sold this year after a 153-year tradition. Questions: 1. According to Kyle, how old was the company that made the Valentine’s candy… Read more »