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Author Archives: John Stodder

The skinny on iPad mini for attorneys

Lawyers reviewing the latest gadget released by Apple – the junior-sized iPad mini – are focusing on its size, shape, weight and usability, elements of what tech-geeks call its “form factor.” The device boasts the same technology and uses as ...

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Budgetary warfare on the edge of a ‘fiscal cliff’

The debate over the approaching “fiscal cliff,” the overworked term for the drastic belt-tightening imposed by the federal Budget Control Act of 2011, has misleadingly centered on raising taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of wage-earners. Both Republicans, who favor ...

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Decrying the loss of ‘industrial commons’

When government invests in a company that goes bankrupt, critics haul out the predictable indictment: Politicians don’t understand business, and shouldn’t try to pick winners and losers in the competition that is capitalism. But in the case of the the ...

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Burberry’s profit warning: A sign of global austerity or bad strategy?

Last month’s profit warning by the British fashion brand Burberry, which reduced by about 20 percent the value of the stock, was widely interpreted as a reflection of China’s economic slowdown and the arrival of an austere era in Europe ...

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Big investment miss puts public pensions, taxpayers on notice

The poor annual investing results announced in mid-July by three large, closely watched public-employee retirement funds in California and New York signal that public pension funds are counting on unrealistic returns to meet obligations to retirees. Local taxpayers in cities ...

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CEO: Grammar should matter to employers

If an applicant is seeking a job that involves writing prose, it stands to reason that he or she ought to know and obey the rules of grammar. But what about computer programmers? And what about technicians? Little of these ...

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Libor: An opaque scandal erodes confidence in major banks

Last month, one of the biggest financial scandals in history came to light, involving many of the most pre-eminent banks in the world. But public reaction has been so muted that a Los Angeles Times columnist was compelled to ask, ...

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Hispanic homebuyers: A wave to lift the housing industry?

At a time when the housing industry needs an infusion of hope, the demographic gods are poised to unleash what some realtors, lenders and builders say will be the industry’s salvation: waves of young Hispanic workers and families hungry for ...

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Despite ‘Citizens United’, politics remains hazardous for corporations

The controversial Citizens United decision ostensibly unleashed American corporations to spend more freely on political advocacy. But despite the green light, many of the most powerful consumer brands in America are under pressure to get out of politics. And due ...

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