Target registers not on target

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According to the Washington Post, cash registers at Target stores are working again after an hours-long outage on Saturday afternoon that brought checkout lines across the country to a standstill. Questions What problem does Target say caused the outage? Has this ever happened before at Target and if so when? Do you see any possible… Read more »

A Tale of the Fake Heiress

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A penniless young woman, who left Russia in 2014 and faked her way to Manhattan as an “heiress,” is now facing up to 15 years in prison. How did Ms. Sorokin bilk a bank out of $100,000? What charges does Ms. Sorokin face? Why did Ms. Sorokin’s lawyer, Todd Spodek, argue that she had not… Read more »

Sears Sues

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According to CNN, the remains of defunct Sears Holdings is suing Eddie Lampert, the man who was its previous CEO and primary shareholder, alleging he improperly stripped the company of assets as it hurdled toward bankruptcy. Questions: In addition to Eddie Lampert, who else is named in the suit for the theft of Sears’ assets?… Read more »

Pay for Play

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Yale University has rescinded the admission of a student that officials at the school say was involved in a nationwide college entrance fraud that ensnared 50 people, including Hollywood actresses and CEOs, some of whom have already appeared in court. Questions: To make this scam work, who was “on the take” inside Yale? Who was… Read more »

More fun with intellectual property

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A cloud hangs over the music industry four years after the copyright trial of No. 1 song where writers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, were ordered to pay more than $5 million for copying Marvin Gaye’s disco-era hit “Got to Give It Up.” Questions: According to intellectual property lawyers and music executives interviewed for this… 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 »

Chinese giant Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker’s fraud exposed and charged by the U.S. Justice Department

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According to the ACFCS News, federal prosecutors have charged a Chinese company, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, a top official and two affiliates with fraud, money laundering, pilfering trade secrets, obstruction of justice and sanctions violations for hiding its dealings with Iran from partner banks. Questions: 1. How did these hidden dealings come to… Read more »

No Severance Package – Board decision

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CBS’s board of directors on Monday said they will not give former CEO Les Moonves any of the $150 million severance package he was due under to his employment contract, a decision that follows a months-long sexual misconduct probe. Questions: 1. What was Les Moonves role at CBS? 2. What were the grounds for his… Read more »

More Greed and Graft

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According to the Washington Post, what started as an antitrust lawsuit brought by states over just two drugs in 2016 has exploded into an investigation of alleged price-fixing involving at least 16 companies and 300 drugs. Questions: 1. What was the “shorthand” between executives used for? Give an example. 2. According to the article, who… Read more »

Uber and Lyft to the Rescue

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This article talks about the cost of an ambulance ride. With ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft far cheaper and now available within minutes in many areas, it shows how a significant amount of money for non-emergency situation would be better served using an Uber or a Lyft. Questions: 1. How much was spent in… Read more »