KPMG Turns the Page

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According to Accounting Today, KPMG is appointing new leaders to its U.S. audit, tax and advisory businesses, as well as a new leader in charge of growth & strategy, in an effort to boost its reputation after a number of scandals. Questions: What was the scandal involving PCAOB inspections of the firm? What were the… Read more »

Fraud Disgorgement by SEC Ruled OK

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In an 8-to-1 decision, written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the court said the money must be for the benefit of investors and cannot exceed the actual profits that came from the wrongdoing.  Questions: Which justice voted against the majority saying that the law does not give authority to the SEC for the practice of disgorgement?… Read more »

E&Y Sues Wirecard AG

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According to Bloomberg News and Accounting Today, accounting firm Ernst & Young was sued over its work for Wirecard AG, just two days after Wirecard’s headquarters were raided as part of a market manipulation probe. Questions: What is Wirecard AG? What does E&Y’s suit allege? Discuss what the issues are related to Wirecard’s purported fraud…. Read more »

Do These COVID-19 Protections Make Sense?

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According to the Guardian, ten companies that allegedly polluted air and water will not be required to pay penalties they agreed to before June 1. Questions: What total in civil penalties will not be made by these ten companies? Why are these penalties being delayed and do you believe this is a good policy? Who… Read more »

Under-capitalization costs lives

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According to the Washington Post, investigations show that Life Care Centers of America, one of the largest chains in the industry, violated federal standards meant to stop the spread of infections and communicable diseases even after outbreaks and deaths from COVID-19 began to sweep its facilities from the Pacific Northwest to New England. Questions What… Read more »

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 »

Deceptive Practices

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Progressive Leasing, which offers rent-to-own programs at major retailers like Best Buy and Lowe’s, has agreed to pay $175 million to settle allegations it misled consumers, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. Questions: What trade violations did the complaint allege? Why did FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter say that the settlement did not go far… 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 »

Bernie Ebbers, the Telecom myth

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According to the New York Times, the former chief of WorldCom, convicted in one of the largest corporate accounting scandals in U.S. history, died yesterday, just over a month after his early release from prison. Questions: What happened to World Com in 2002? How long was Ebbers sentence and what were the allegations against him?… 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 »