Monthly Archives: November 2009

Motorola considers 3-way split

To raise cash and pay down debt, Motorola reportedly is considering splitting into three companies and sell off its division which makes TV set-top boxes and networking gear.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, chairman of the Information Systems Department, says all three divisions need investments to regain traction, and a split-up will help them […]

Drug prices up before reform

While drug makers promise to back healthcare reform by cutting drug costs after legislation passes, the industry has been raising  drug prices at a 9-percent clip.  Law Professor Kevin Outterson, an authority on pharmaceutical law and marketing, says this means big pharma will make more money from health reform. “This is apparently the price for […]

Madoff computer guys arrested

Two computer programmers who worked for Bernie Madoff were arrested by the FBI for aiding in Madoff’s multi-billion dollar Ponzi fraud.  Law Professor Tamar Frankel, an authority in securities law, says the burden of proof is heavy, but the two should be brought to court anyway. “Aiding and abetting in a fraud requires the knowing […]

U.S. lacks leverage over Karzai

Despite President Obama’s call for Hamid Kazai to crack down on corrupution in Afghanistan, the U.S. apparently has little leverage over the Afghan president.  Journalism Professor Nick Mills, author of “Karzai: The failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan,” says without a credible “or else” threat, any demands on Karzai are just “dust in […]

William Keylor on the Afghan war

Intel settles antitrust case with AMD

Intel, the world’s largest maker of computer processors, will pay $1.25 billion to its biggest competitor, Advanced Micro Devices, to settle all antitrust and patent suits.  School of Management Professor Michael Salinger, a former director of the Federal Trade Commission (which also is investigating Intel), applauds the settlement. “It’s a substantial settlement, which represents an […]

FCC and media-ownership rules

With both newspapers and local broadcasters in deep financial trouble, the FCC reportedly may be looking to loosen media-ownership rules in 2010.  Mass communication Professor T. Barton Carter, an expert on the FCC and communication law, says the difficulty is identifying what changes are needed and finding enough evidence to satisfy any court challenges. “Making […]

Bear Stearns acquittals stymie Feds

The court acquittals of two ex-Bear Stearns hedge-fund managers on securities fraud charges is forcing prosecutors to re-examine other potential cases stemming from the Wall Street financial meltdown.  Law Professor Tamar Frankel, an authority on securities law and author of “Trust and Honesty: America’s Business Culture at a Crossroad,” says the problem is larger than […]

Dobbs quits CNN

CNN news anchor Lou Dobbs caught even his staff offguard by announcing his abrupt resignation after becoming the cable network’s most opinionated and divisive anchor.  Journalism Professor Bob Zelnick, a long-time ABC News correspondent, says it’s best for straight journalism that Dobbs step down. “The world of journalism will be well-served if Lou Dobbs’ retirement […]

Children’s strollers recalled

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled a million childen’s strollers made by the Maclaren USA company after reports that a side hinge had sliced off fingertips of a dozen children.  School of Management Professor Michael Salinger, a former Federal Trade Commission director, says the issue of what the CPSC should be regulating is a hard […]