Intellectual Property Disputes

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The proper valuation and management of intellectual property is an area where accountants add value to their client services.  Often companies engage accountants and other financial experts to defend both plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual property (“IP”) disputes. As this video shows, similarity in names or trademarks can be at the heart of these disputes. … Read more »

Macro Sea: Urban Renewal and Greening Ideas

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David Belt, a successful developer and construction consultant and manager, is interested in urban renewal and the greening of America.  He created a stir when he created do-it –yourself swimming pools made from dumpsters.  In another project, Glassphemy, Belt and his team of architects endeavored to make recycling more exciting.  This project allowed participants to… Read more »

Bank of America CEO: Sorry no Raise.

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Bank of America Corp. is not giving its top executive a raise for 2011, unlike some rivals in the financial services industry. Over the past year, the nation’s largest bank by assets saw its stock fall 11 percent. While President and CEO Brian Moynihan didn’t receive a raise in his base salary or any cash-settled… Read more »

BP and Dividends: What’s going on?

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BP’s decision to issue $1.25 billion in dividend payments rankled Gulf Coast residents Tuesday who saw it as another sign the company wants to move on even though many are still suffering from last year’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. At issue is the fact that none of the 91,000 claims funneled… Read more »

Healthcare Turf

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Walgreens (WAG), the country’s largest drugstore chain, is poised to expand even further into healthcare. At Walgreens’ annual shareholder conference, company officials talked about a new educational program for patients with chronic and complex diseases, and even mentioned the possibility of a Walgreens role in the emerging accountable care organizations. Until recently, most retail clinics… Read more »

Is it the End for Borders’ Books?

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Borders (BGP), the second largest bookstore chain in the country, may soon be nothing more than a memory. But the big question is: who’s going to pick up the business?  Borders had five rounds of layoffs in 2010 and began 2011 with the departure of five top executives, including the CIO and general counsel. It… Read more »

Look for the New Ford Electric Delivery Vans

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While the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf have gotten a lot of attention about their electric vehicle status, Ford said on Tuesday, December 7th,  that it had started shipping a battery-powered version of a delivery van, known as the Transit Connect Electric, to several business customers, including AT&T, the Canada Post, the New York… Read more »

Google’s Questionable Algorithm

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Any publicity, even negative publicity, means a win with Google’s ranking algorithms. This New York Times story details a retailer known as DecorMyEyes.com who first hired a search optimization company to burnish the site’s reputation by writing positive things about the company, but then stumbled on a better “free” success strategy of providing poor customer… Read more »

The Costs of Liposuction

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Lots of people are curious about the price of liposuction (which is also referred to as lipoplasty and suction lipectomy). Although the procedure sports a somewhat hefty price tag, it is among the cheaper cosmetic surgeries available. Some the of the cheapest areas for liposuction are the arms, buttocks, female back, hips and outer thighs…. Read more »