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2004-09-30

Raising Red Flags

As they identify control weaknesses, companies find a common one: inadequate finance staffs.

2004-09-30

FASB Confirms 2005 Technical Plan

The board is scheduled to issue four final statements on major accounting projects by the end of next year.

2004-09-30

SEC Charges Ex-CFO with Insider Trading

The ex-finance chief of Golden State Bancorp allegedly tipped off three associates about the impending acquisition by Citigroup.

2004-09-28

Cardinal to Delay Filing Annual Report

Cardinal Health, Inc. will delay filing its 10-K to give its audit committee more time to finish an internal review.

2004-09-27

California Accounting Body Penalizes E&Y

SEC charges that Ernst & Young violated auditor-independence rules by doing both consulting and audit work for PeopleSoft.

2004-09-27

GE Settles with SEC Over Perks for Welch

Benefits included the use of an $11 million New York apartment and bodyguard protection during a book tour aimed at promoting his autobiography.

2004-09-21

Is Your Finance Staff Inadequate?

Section 404 is causing many firms to scramble to fix their problems by hiring additional personnel and reorganizing.

2004-09-21

Big Four Seen Shedding Small Clients

Sarbox rules stretch audit firms resources.

2004-09-21

Sarbox: Spur to Foreign-Company Flight?

Section 404, in particular, might be causing a number of overseas companies to take the difficult step of deregistering with U.S. regulators.

2004-09-18

Sarbanes-Oxley - Section 302

Finance executives scramble to comply with new reporting and certification requirements, while benefits caretakers seem to be watching from the sidelines.

2004-09-17

Ex-CEO of Enterasys Pleads Guilty

Accounting fraud cost the networking company at least $20 million.

2004-09-16

Fleming, Suppliers Settle with SEC

Allegations stemmed from what it said was widespread accounting fraud.

2004-09-16

Sarbox, China Style

Three men, including a former accounting director, meet a dire fate after being convicted of swindling and other crimes.

2004-09-15

Whistleblower Forces Bisys Filing Delay

A whistleblower has raised questions about the internal controls at Bisys.

2004-09-14

Qwest Fine of $250 Million Expected

The fine would be the second largest in history against an operating company.

2004-09-13

Oracle Wins Key Ruling Over PeopleSoft

Decision could touch off a flurry of mergers in the global business software market, analysts say.

2004-09-13

FASB Delays Bond Accounting Rule

Board expects to issue new guidance to help companies record losses of interest-rate-sensitive debt securities this week.

2004-09-11

Better Accounts of Future Cleanup Costs

Section 302 of Sarbanes-Oxley

2004-09-11

Quattrone Sentenced to 18 Months

Ex-Credit Suisse First Boston banker was charged with blocking an investigation into how the investment bank allocated IPO shares during the boom.

2004-09-11

Governance Champs Outperform the Market

Good corporate governance seems to pay.

2004-09-11

SEC Would Revive Expired Fraud Claims

The SEC is urging an appeals court to make a provision of Sarbanes-Oxley retroactive.

2004-09-08

FASB Allows Options-Valuation Choice

Deciding on a model for the best fair-value measurement of stock options will be left to the discretion of each company.

2004-09-08

Judge Unfreezes Ex-CEOs $50 Million

Judge Richard Leon ruled that the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight was "simply overreaching" in its assertion that it had the right to freeze more than $50 million.

2004-09-01

Corporate Kleptocracy at Hollinger

The company allegedly paid for personal perks.


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