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June 10, 2011 Muddy Waters Research Is a Thorn to Some Chinese Companies

Source: NY Times

SHANGHAI — Carson C. Block makes even Wall Street cringe. Last week, the founder of the investment firm Muddy Waters Research issued a scathing report on a Chinese forestry company, calling it a “pump and dump” scheme that has...

June 6, 2011 Ethics — do you see only what you want to see?

Source: Business Daily Africa

Why did Warren Buffet, famed for his promotion of business ethics, fail to see the problem that his key officer David Sokol had caused him recently? Why did he first absolve Sokol in what seemed like an obvious case of conflict...

June 6, 2011 What is Reasonable Nonprofit Compensation? A Guide to Avoid IRS Penalties

Source: The NonProfit Quarterly

Do some nonprofit organizations pay too much compensation? If recent news stories are any indication, the answer is an emphatic “yes.” Not a week goes by without reading about a nonprofit executive earning more than one would...

June 3, 2011 Ethics @ Work: Prohibition and drug use – another hangover?

Source: The Jerusalem Post

Prestigious international commission recommends an end to the war on drugs as we know it. In 1920 the United States embarked on a “noble experiment”: a nationwide ban on the production, sale and consumption of alcoholic...

June 1, 2011 SAC Capital Faces Insider-Trading Probe Over 2007 MedImmune Deal, WSJ Says

Source: Bloomberg

SAC Capital Advisors LP, a U.S. hedge fund firm run by Steven Cohen, is the focus of an insider- trading inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unidentified people familiar...

May 27, 2011 Former Nasdaq Manager Johnson Pleads Guilty to U.S. Insider Trading Scheme

Source: Bloomberg

Former Nasdaq Stock Market Managing Director Donald Johnson pleaded guilty to using information gleaned from his position with the exchange to engage in insider trading, the U.S. Justice Department said.

May 26, 2011 SEC: Bigger potential payouts for whistleblowers

Source: MarketWatch

In a split vote, the Securities and Exchange Commission decided Wednesday to adopt controversial regulations that would allow whistleblowers to be rewarded with 10% to 30% of the fines and penalties collected in enforcement...

May 25, 2011 Arcadia Petroleum, Parnon Energy Accused of Manipulating Prices by CFTC

Source: Bloomberg

Parnon Energy Inc., an oil logistics company, and Arcadia Petroleum Ltd., a London-based oil trader, were sued by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission over claims they manipulated prices for oil and oil futures. Parnon...

May 24, 2011 Gifts to state pension officials are under investigation

Source: LA Times

California's political watchdog agency has opened an investigation into gifts to state pension officials from private equity fund managers.The state's Fair Political Practices Commission is conducting the investigation, made...

May 18, 2011 Tenaris to Pay $5.4 Million in SEC's First-Ever Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Source: Securities and Exchange Commission

Washington, D.C.– The Securities and Exchange Commission today entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with Tenaris S.A. in its first-ever use of the approach to facilitate and reward cooperation in SEC...[more]

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