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September 2, 2011 U.S. Is Set to Sue a Dozen Big Banks Over Mortgages

Source: NY Times

The federal agency that oversees the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is set to file suits against more than a dozen big banks, accusing them of misrepresenting the quality of mortgage securities they assembled and sold...

August 31, 2011 College Sports: Financial Considerations Often Trounce Ethics in NCAA

Source: Business Ethics Magazine

Violations and cover-ups in college athletics investigated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) are beginning to rival the headlines that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) receives for investigations...

August 31, 2011 SEC Recovers CFO's Bonus and Stock Sale Profits Received During Beazer Homes Accounting Fraud

Source: SEC

Washington, D.C.– The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced a settlement with the former chief financial officer of Beazer Homes USA to recover his bonus compensation and stock sale profits from the period when the...[more]

August 26, 2011 Chasing Madoff!

Source: Washington Post

There is more than one alarming injustice in "Chasing Madoff," the documentary about a whistleblower everyone ignored, to the detriment of retirement funds worldwide. Director Jeff Prosserman's retelling borders on reprehensible,...

August 25, 2011 Google forfeits $500 million for running illegal pharmacy ads

Source: TG Daily

Google's agreed to pay out $500 million to settle claims that it profited from ads for illegal Canadian pharmacies. It's one of the biggest financial forfeiture penalties ever.

August 23, 2011 Class muddles India's anti-graft push

Source: Asia Times

Among the flaws of the social activist Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement challenging India's central government, one that stands out is that this is merely an urban middle class phenomenon.

August 18, 2011 Crisis? What Crisis? : Finding the New Normal

Source: Sustainable Business Forum

In the latest edition of ‘Business Ethics’ we referred to the events of 2008 (Lehman, AIG, RBS etc.) as the ‘financial crisis of the late 2000s’. Well, at the time we did not expect this to be useful for the reasons it now makes...

August 18, 2011 U.S. Inquiry Eyes S.&P. Ratings of Mortgages

Source: NY Times

The Justice Department is investigating whether the nation’s largest credit ratings agency, Standard & Poor’s, improperly rated dozens of mortgage securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis, according to two...

August 17, 2011 New Book, "Accounting Ethics... and the Near Collapse of the World's Financial System," Provides Deep and Timely Insight into Business Ethics and the Financial Crisis

Source: PR Web

This new book manifests the importance of accounting ethics by looking at the role that some ethical failures played in recent scandals, particularly AIG’s role in bringing the world’s financial system to the brink of collapse....

August 17, 2011 Murdoch's tabloid sanctioned phone hacking, documents suggest

Source: LA Times

Rupert Murdoch's media empire suffered a potentially heavy blow in the British phone-hacking scandal Tuesday when Parliament released documents suggesting that reporters and top editors at the News of the World practiced and...

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