Teaming up!

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According to The Week.com, Amazon plans to sell its own smart television with its Fire TV capabilities built in. To help in this endeavor, it has chosen an unlikely partner – Best Buy. Questions: 1. How many models of HDTV’s will the partners start selling this summer? 2. What brand will be sold and what… Read more »

Mesh Lawsuits

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This New York Times article exposes a growing industry that makes money by coaxing women into having surgery — sometimes unnecessarily — so that they are more lucrative plaintiffs in lawsuits against medical device manufacturers. Questions: 1. What is the role of lawyers in this industry? 2. What is the role of marketers in this… Read more »

Big Bad Pharma

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According to the New York Times, Trump administration officials are seeking ways to lower drug costs but target pharmaceutical companies that refuse to provide samples of their products to generic drug companies, making it impossible to create inexpensive generic copies of a brand-name medicine. Questions: 1. Argue both sides of this issue as a good… Read more »

They’re back!

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According to CNN, shares of BlackBerry (BB) were up in early trading Wednesday after the company reported earnings and sales that topped forecasts, led by growth in its software and services business. Questions: 1. Why is this such big news? 2. How is the company making a big bunch of their money? 3. What has… Read more »

DMX’s attorney cannot persuade the judge to go light on the tax fraud

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Rapper DMX’s attorney played the rapper’s song “Slippin’” during his sentencing on Wednesday to help the musician express his struggles, but it was not enough to convince a judge to let the rapper off the hook. Instead DMX got 1 year in prison for tax fraud. Questions: 1. According to court records, how long did… Read more »

The Top Frauds of 2017

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Monica Vaca, the Associate Director of the Division of Consumer Response and Operations at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just released the results from last year regarding the top frauds of 2017. Topping the list of reported frauds are the imposter scams, with nearly 350,000 reported. Questions: 1. How many people fell for someone pretending… Read more »

Big Time Food Stamp Fraud

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Sheriff Mike Williams of Jacksonville, Florida, announced Tuesday the results of a multi-agency, undercover investigation into the exchange of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for cash and, in at least one case, cocaine. Questions: 1. From 2012 to 2017, how many food stamp transactions were fraudulent in Jacksonville and what was the dollar amount?… Read more »

Facebook Woes

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According to Bloomberg, Facebook Inc. is heading toward its worst month since May 2013 after an analyst report warned of a temporary pullback in advertising and the FTC confirmed it’s investigating the social network’s privacy practices. Questions: How much market value for Facebook stock has been erased in the last 10 days? What is the… Read more »

Massive Fraud Femme Fitale

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  According to Masunaga and Peterson, four years ago, the Silicon Valley firm Theranos Inc. was valued at $9 billion and its founder and Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes was hailed as a potentially revolutionary force in the blood-testing industry. Today, she is deemed a fraudster. Questions: Theranos’ proprietary analyzer could only perform __________ of the… Read more »

Branson

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In a ballroom of a mountain lodge, diversity coach Miguel Joey Aviles, asked whether anyone knew how to merengue. Only two replied: Yes. These were Branson Missouri managers, who said they’re desperate for employees and are paying $50 each for the workshop. They came from hotels, hospitals, hardware stores and banks. The goal of “Hispanics… Read more »