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September 13, 2011 CalPERS officials who received gifts may face fines

Source: LA Times

Board members and officers of the long-troubled California Public Employees' Retirement System, the nation's largest pension fund, could be fined thousands of dollars for not properly reporting gifts received from investment...

September 7, 2011 .Corporate Governance Matters: Lessons for Practitioners

Source: Business Ethics

Brian Tayan and I recently co-authored a book, titled Corporate Governance Matters, which takes an organizational perspective, rather than a legal perspective, on the important topic of modern corporate governance. Our purpose is...

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...

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