FASB Issues New Guidance for Not-for-Profit Entities

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) recently issued ASU 2016-14 “Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities” in an effort to improve transparency and understanding.  Changes effected therein include: The 3 formerly applied classes of unrestricted, temporarily restricted, and permanently restricted assets will be simplified into two classes based on whether they are donor-restricted. Additional …

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IT’s Seat at the Table is Creating Massive Change in the Mid-Market

The evolving prominence of IT’s voice in major strategic decisions is helping companies in the mid-market (defined as annual revenues of $100 million – $1 billion) to embrace emerging technology at an unprecedented pace.  A recent study by Deloitte, in partnership with market research firm OnResearch, examined these trends. The CTOs, CIOs and IT Department …

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Lochte Likely Loses Much More Than His Wallet in Olympics Debacle

After the last Olympics, Ryan Lochte enjoyed a nice run of endorsements deals, reportedly enjoying over $2 million from a host of well known brands.  However, after the highly publicized recent Olympic debacle in which he allegedly destroyed property and then claimed to have been robbed, it is likely that he will not enjoy a …

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HBO Executive Admits $1 Million Fake Vendor Fraud

A former talent relations executive at HBO has admitted to diverting nearly $1 million in production funds to a fake company she created.  The type of fraudulent billing scheme using a shell company can be accomplished with nothing more than a fictitious name and a payment destination.  In this case, the executive used the name …

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Appeals Court Requires a Medical Expert to Prove Discomfort Causation

The San Antonio Court of Appeals recently affirmed summary judgment for Marathon Oil Corporation in their defense against a case brought by Michael and Myra Cerny.  The underlying litigation alleged that emissions from Marathon plants caused the Cernys various injuries and property damage. However, the Cernys presented no expert medical testimony on the causation of …

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$26 Million Settlement to Hollywood Filmmakers Over Home Video Royalties

The $26 million settlement between Universal City Studios and a class of Hollywood filmmakers has been tentatively approved.  The filmmakers believed they had been underpaid based on miscalculated royalties associated with profits from home-video sales. Unfortunately underpayment of royalties is all too common and many fail to properly manage their agreements.  One critical tool against …

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Appeals Court Provides Tax Benefit to Unmarried Couples with High Mortgage Debt

A federal appeals court has agreed with an unmarried California couple that they should not be treated as married with regard to mortgage interest deductions limits. Bruce Voss and Charles Sophy are co-owners of real property.  Each claimed a home mortgage interest deduction in reliance on Section 163(h)(3) of the Tax Code, which allows for …

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Another Whistleblower Gets Multi-Millions

The Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has announced an approximately $3 million whistleblower award to an unnamed company insider who provided information to the SEC regarding a complex fraud that would otherwise been difficult to uncover. Whistleblowers who provide the SEC such information are eligible for awards of 10 to 30 percent of the money …

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Ninth Circuit Invites More Qui Tam Cases

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has opened the door significantly wider for those who wish to pursue qui tam False Claims Act suits by reversing a dismissal of two such matters.  Ruling en banc in United States ex rel. Hartpence v. Kinetic Concepts, Inc., the Ninth Circuit has removed a prior …

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SEC Utilizes Big Data And Statistics To Target Trading Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced its first fraud charges derived from tracking behavior using data analytics of large volumes of investment advisors’ trade allocation detail.  The enforcement target is Welhouse & Associates Inc. and its owner Mark P. Welhouse. Mr. Welhouse is accused of “cherry-picking”, a practice whereby one improperly allocates option trades …

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