ER Bill Surprise!

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New data suggests that EmCare, now one of the nation’s largest physician-staffing companies for emergency rooms, is showing a disturbing pattern. In the case of a small Spokane, Washington hospital, the number of patients coded as having billing for the most complex, expensive level of care quadrupled after the hospital contracted for services through EmCare…. Read more »

Another Sad Wells Fargo Story

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According to the New York Times, more than 800,000 people who took out car loans from Wells Fargo were charged for auto insurance they did not need, and some of them are still paying for it, according to an internal report prepared for the bank’s executives. Questions: 1. How many customers were forced into delinquency… Read more »

A new manipulation of stock

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Kamilla Bjorlin, actress appearing in movies with Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins, as well as countless lesser roles, is now looking at possibly her biggest role in defending herself against SEC charges against a modern “pump-and-dump” scheme. Questions: 1. According to the SEC complaint, what was Bjorlin’s firm’s role in driving up the stock of… Read more »

Wiped Away

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Tens of thousands of people who took out private loans to pay for college but have not been able to keep up payments may get their debts wiped away because critical paperwork is missing. Questions: 1. How much do the troubled loans total? 2. According to the article, what is this situation reminiscent of? 3…. Read more »

Repealing an effective policy without immediate replacement? Good idea?

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In June, the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, announced plans to dismantle a set of Obama-era policies devised to protect students and taxpayers from predatory for-profit colleges. However, data released in the final days of the previous administration shows that the existing rules were more effective at shutting down bad college programs than even the… 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 »

Not good for Walmart

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A report released Thursday by a workers’ advocacy group says Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, routinely refuses to accept doctors’ notes, penalizes workers who need to take care of a sick family member and otherwise punishes employees for lawful absences. Questions: 1. According to the accusations, what Acts has Walmart violated? 2. The article… Read more »

A New Ruling May Have Implications for the Technology Owner and User

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The Supreme Court dealt a blow to patent law use by corporations, saying that companies can only be sued for patent infringement in the places they actually do business. Questions: 1. What was the name of the case and what did it deal with? 2. What is the practical question of the case in reference… Read more »

And the challenges go on……..

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According to the BBC, the Court of Appeal judges in London have denied Nestle’s attempts to trademark the shape of its famous four-fingered KitKat bar. Questions: 1. Which countries have granted Nestlé’s four-finger shape a trademark registration? 2. According to the article, why is it difficult to prove the case in U.K. courts? 3. Briefly… Read more »

Upside or downside?

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According to the Washington Post, Purdue has acquired the for-profit Kaplan University to extend its reach into online and adult education, which some see as an unusual move for a public institution. Questions: 1. What were the benefits to Purdue of acquiring Kaplan? 2. What are the potential downsides of this acquisition for Purdue? 3…. Read more »