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May 27, 2014 Who Wants Free Love Anyway?

QUOTE: Nowhere are the middleman’s limitations more evident than dating websites. Consider, for instance, that they don’t even do the thing we perhaps most want them to do: vet potential matches for truthfulness.

New York Times
May 24, 2012 Beware small investors: Facebook was just a warning

QUOTE: a bipartisan bill, innocuously named the JOBS Act, rolled back these and other investor protections for companies with less than $1 billion in revenue, deemed emerging growth companies. Once again, research analysts can communicate directly with management and if desired share favorable (or unfavorable) reports....Prior to Sarbanes-Oxley, researchers at Cornell and Dartmouth universities found that analysts affiliated with the underwriting bank issued buy ratings to prop up dropping stocks...

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 21, 2010 What's Wrong With Accountants? Ernst & Young may soon be sued for its role as auditor of Lehman Brothers. What kind of oversight do accounting firms need?

QUOTE: Many accountants will say that there was no fraud because Lehman’s numbers were accurate on the day they were reported (even if it was understood by both Lehman and its auditor that Lehman would reborrow the same amount the next day). In years past, the S.E.C. would have said that an auditor’s responsibility was to provide a full and fair disclosure, and not simply to certify compliance with generally accepted accounting principles.

New York Times
Apr 03, 2010 Critics Say Firm Weakens Safety Net as It Fights Jobless Claims

QUOTE: Talx Corporation, has come to dominate a thriving industry: helping employers process — and fight — unemployment claims....critics say the company has undermined a crucial safety net. Officials in a number of states have called Talx a chronic source of error and delay. Advocates for the unemployed say the company seeks to keep jobless workers from collecting benefits.

New York Times
Dec 26, 2008 Firms Charge Thousands To Modify Mortgages: Nonprofits Offer Service For Free, Advocates Say

QUOTE: "Once a borrower pays an unscrupulous loss-mitigation consultant and time is wasted, the damage has been done," said Sarah Bloom Raskin, Maryland's commissioner of financial regulation. "While we may be able to recover fees, we can never recover the lost time -- time that the borrower could have used to work out a bona fide loan modification."

Washington Post
Jan 22, 2008 In Vioxx Settlement, Testing a Legal Ideal: A Lawyer’s Loyalty

QUOTE: ...a critic of the settlement [between Merck and lawyers of various plantiffs who claim Vioxx caused their heart attacks and strokes], said that the deal ran afoul of a fundamental ethics rule prohibiting lawyers from promising not to handle certain cases in exchange for settlement money.

New York Times
Sep 20, 2006 Be choosy when hiring a financial adviser

QUOTE: Be aware of industry standards....Look for credentials....Experience counts....How they get compensated....Does personality matter?

Bankrate.com
Sep 07, 2006 Ex-Officials of Justice Dept. Oppose Prosecutors' Tactic in Corporate Criminal Cases

QUOTE: A group of former top Justice Department officials have asked the United States attorney general to curtail the tactics of federal prosecutors that encourage companies and people to disclose legal communications to avoid indictment.

New York Times
Apr 13, 2006 How the Gospel of Judas Emerged

QUOTE: the National Geographic Society announced to great fanfare last week that it had gained access to a 1,700-year-old document known as the Gospel of Judas...the emerging details are raising concerns among some archaeologists and other scholars at a time of growing scrutiny of the dealers who sell antiquities and of the museums and collectors who buy them.

New York Times
Mar 26, 2006 'Punk'd': A Cautionary Tale

QUOTE: NASD announced recently that it had fined Merrill Lynch $5 million for allegedly holding impermissible sales contests, failing to supervise advisers and other violations in connection with the operation of a financial call center...

Washington Post
Mar 24, 2006 Arrington's Agent Sues NFL Players Association

QUOTE: A dispute between the NFL Players Association and one of the league's most high-profile agents has landed in federal court....the union has made it clear it wants to be aggressive in regulating player agents.

Washington Post
Mar 04, 2006 Credit Bureaus Share Your Loan Application

QUOTE: Your loan officer may not be aware of it, but behind his back, key financial details about you and your mortgage needs are being offered to competing lenders within 24 hours of your credit bureau inquiry... credit scores, open mortgage balances, loan-to-value ratios, monthly mortgage payments, revolving debt balances and other personal financial data.

Washington Post
Jan 04, 2006 Tips to help you find the tax professional who's right for you.

QUOTE: When it comes to collecting on mistakes, innocent or otherwise, the Internal Revenue Service looks for the taxpayer, not the person who filled out the forms. So before you turn your tax life over to someone else, make sure that the preparer is right for you and will do the right thing when it comes to filing your taxes.

Bankrate.com
Dec 20, 2005 Credit counseling wrecks credit score

QUOTE: Many of my clients have reported that their credit dropped rapidly after enrolling in credit counseling. Further, credit counseling is noted on the credit report and will make a mortgage nearly impossible.

Bankrate.com
Aug 26, 2004 Organizations Offer Seniors Help in Managing Finances

QUOTE: there is a growing and reasonably priced industry of financial caregivers who specialize in helping seniors manage their day-to-day personal finances. If you need this kind of help, there are two organizations you should contact -- the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) and the American Association of Daily Money Managers (AADMM).

Washington Post
Aug 16, 2004 Reality Bites: Why do you still need an agent to buy a home?

QUOTE: ... the flat commissions paid to the realtors who handle the vast majority of those sales, averaging 5.1 percent, act as an enormous tax on the transaction process, taking wealth from both buyers and sellers in what for both is often the biggest financial transaction of their lives.

Slate
Nov 19, 2003 Did Jackie O.'s Priest Betray Her?

QUOTE: Did Jackie Kennedy's priest violate canon law by allowing intimate conversations with her to made public? The late Rev. Richard McSorley, her "priest-confessor", is currently under fire for allowing an author to read excepts from her letters and his diary and to use them in a recent book.

Slate
Nov 06, 2003 Why The Butler Did It

QUOTE: ... after [Queen Elizabeth's--Ed.] stepped in last fall to stymie the trial, the palace still didn't ensure his discretion. Class reflexes presumed he would be grateful, and silent...

Washington Post
Aug 06, 2003 New Rules Leave Lawyers In Bind on Whistle-Blowing

QUOTE: Under new Securities and Exchange Commission rules that kicked in today, attorneys for public companies are permitted and encouraged to tip off federal regulators when they believe their clients are committing fraud. But many lawyers who take up the federal government on its invitation could find themselves in legal hot water at the state level...

Washington Post
Jul 28, 2003 Drug firms increasingly barred from exam rooms

QUOTE: I still feel hurt...the drug rep didn't have anything to do with me or my care, and he was allowed to come into my exam room. I felt violated...

Boston Globe
Aug 06, 2002 Martha Story Questioned

QUOTE: Martha Stewart's stockbroker ordered his assistant to tell her that ImClone Systems' chief was selling large amounts of the company's stock in late December and that she should do the same...

CNN/Money Magazine
Aug 08, 2001 Lawyers May Reveal Secrets of Clients, Bar Group Rules

QUOTE: Backers of an initiative to overhaul legal ethics rules, allowing lawyers more leeway to disclose client confidences to prevent fraud, injury or death, won a partial victory...

New York Times
Apr 01, 2001 10 Things Your Estate Planner Won't Tell You

QUOTE: The overwhelming majority of estates don't trigger the federal estate tax," says Don Roberts, national spokesman for the IRS, adding that you must be worth at least $1 million when you die to pay tax at all. If you fall below that-and don't have any complicated estate issues-you probably don't need a lawyer to draw up a will.

Smart Money
Nov 17, 1999 DOUBLE-CROSSED: Silicon Valley entrepreneurs say they have been betrayed by venture capitalists and lawyers, the very people they asked for help

QUOTE: The power of Silicon Valley's top venture capitalists is rivaled only by the elite attorneys who represent them, the partners at megafirms that also represent virtually all of high-tech's largest corporations. Inexperienced entrepreneurs hire these firms at their peril, often discovering that the attorneys have sold them out for more profitable clients.

San Francisco Chronicle