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Another Company Bows Before Shareholders

Recent lawsuits are forcing companies to change their practices.


Criminal Charges Filed Against Ebbers, WorldCom

Procecutors in Oklahoma filed the first criminal charges against former WorldCom chief Bernard Ebbers.


Groundwork Laid for MCI Reforms

The chairman and CEO role at former WorldCom Inc. will be separated and shareholders will gain say.


A CEO Whose Life Is an Open Book

Former Medtronics chief Bill George has some compelling thoughts about corporate ethics.


Attorney-Client Privilege: Under Attack

How much can you still tell your lawyer?


Director Compensation on the Rise

Audit Committee salaries show signs of rising - now there is evidence of compensation for directors increasing.


Stock Options Are Out, Cash Bonuses Are In

Christian & Timbers recent report claims more than 50% of clients prefer cash bonuses more than stock options.


PCAOB Can Not Bark, Suggests Crafty Way To Bite

PCAOB urges managers to put the squeeze on accounting firms.


Los Alamos Pays Up for Firing Whistleblower

Score: Los Alamos National Laboratory: - 0 - / Whistleblower: $1 million.


Warning Shot from the SEC Enforcement Chief

Enforcement chief, Stephen Cutler, sets his sights on outside directors.


Retailers Gear Up For Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)

SOX has transformed the reporting landscape for finance professionals.


You Have the Right to an Attorney

Signing off on the company financial results is one good reason that CFOs might seek advise of counsel.


Shareholders Can Not Be Ignored

The number one subject of shareholder resolutions might not be what you would think.


Challenging times for CFOs

From Zero to Sixty: Reaching Full Compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)


Research Analyst Rules Approved

Some rules are effective immediately and others are effective as late as January 26, 2004.


SEC Proposes Proxy Statement Disclosure Requirements

Proposed disclosures would apply to both operating and investment companies.


SEC Posts Auditor Independence FAQ

FAQ includes guidance on a number of issues.


Most Following Original SOX Schedule on Internal Controls Despite Extension

Most U.S. companies are moving ahead with preparations for compliance with internal control provisions.


First Case Enforcing the Certification Provisions Against an Issuer under Sarbanes-Oxley

The SEC settled with Rica Foods Inc. (RCF) and two of its officers for their alledged failure to properly certify company financial statements.


SEC Comes Down on Former Tyco Auditor

It has not been a good week for PricewaterhouseCoopers, as two of its former auditing partners were barred by the SEC from practicing as accountants.


Five Charged with $80 million Trust Theft

Five executives of a now-defunct title insurance company have been indicited by a federal grand jury in Chicago.


WorldCom: $750 Million Settlement

A $750 million settlement of civil fraud charges made by the Securities and Exchange Commission on investors` behalf was approved by a bankruptcy judge.


Stiffer Accounting Standards Due Next Month

Despite the opposition, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board should propose stronger controls.


Regulatory interest in vendor allowances has put CFOs on high alert

Even though vendor allowances have been common practice for several years, they could mean more trouble than they are worth in the post-SOX new accounting and financial world.


Sarbanes-Oxley moves North

A Canadian spinoff of Sarbanes-Oxley is on its way.


Sarbanes-Oxley: SEC vs. Lawyers

SEC plans to require lawyers to blow the whistle on corporate financial misconduct.


First anniversary of the Sarbanes-Oxley Law

Lawmakers Commemorate One-Year Anniversary of Corporate Governance Legislation.


SEC comments on corporate board pay.

America`s top watchdog deplores the unjustifiable explosion of executive compensation.


Fines, not jail, for Enron`s bankers

Despite many smoking guns in the case, the evidence was not sufficient to press actual jail time against Citi and J.P. Morgan.

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