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Professor Marianne Jennings is an emeritus professor of legal and ethical studies from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, retiring in 2011 after 35 years of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in ethics and the legal environment of business. During her tenure at ASU, she served as director of the Joan and David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics from 1995-1999. In 2006, she was appointed faculty director for the W.P. Carey Executive MBA Program. She has done consulting work for businesses and professional groups including AICPA, Boeing, Dial Corporation, Edward Jones, Mattel, Motorola, CFA Institute, Southern California Edison, the Institute of Internal Auditors, AIMR, DuPont, AES, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Motorola, Hy-Vee Foods, IBM, Bell Helicopter, Amgen, Raytheon, and VIAD. The sixth edition of her textbook, Case Studies in Business Ethics, was published in February 2011. The ninth edition of her textbook, Business: lts Legal, Ethical and Global Environment was published in January 2011. The 23rd edition of her book, Business Law: Principles and Cases, will be published in January 2013. The tenth edition of her book, Real Estate Law, will also be published in January 2013. Her book, A Business Tale: A Story of Ethics, Choices, Success, and a Very Large Rabbit, a fable about business ethics, was chosen by Library Journal in 2004 as its business book of the year. A Business Tale was also a finalist for two other literary awards for 2004. In 2000 her book on corporate governance was published by the New York Times MBA Pocket Series. Her book on long-term success, Building a Business Through Good Times and Bad: Lessons from Fifteen Companies, Each With a Century of Dividends, was published in October 2002 and has been used by Booz, Allen, Hamilton for its work on business longevity. Her latest book, The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse was published by St. Martin’s Press in July 2006 and has been a finalist for two book awards. Her weekly columns are syndicated around the country, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Reader's Digest. A collection of her essays, Nobody Fixes Real Carrot Sticks Anymore, first published in 1994 is still being published. She has been a commentator on business issues on All Things Considered for National Public Radio. She has served on four boards of directors, including Arizona Public Service (1987-2000), Zealous Capital Corporation, and the Center for Children with Chronic Illness and Disability at the University of Minnesota. She was appointed to the board of advisors for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators in 2004 and served on the board of trustees for Think Arizona, a public policy think tank. She has appeared on CNBC, CBS This Morning, the Today Show, and CBS Evening News. In 2010 she was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Business Ethics by Trust Across America. Her books have been translated into four different languages. She received the British Emerald award for authoring one of their top 50 articles in management publications, chosen from over 15,000 articles. Personal: Married since 1976 to Terry H. Jennings, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Deputy County Attorney; five children: Sarah, Sam, and John, and the late Claire and Hannah Jennings.

Deutsche Bank Hid $1.6 Billion Loss From 2008 Until, Well, Now

For over a decade, Deutsche Bank hid a $1.6 billion loss it racked up in 2008 on some municipal bonds it purchased in the wild markets that led to the 2008 market collapse. The loss was first reported on February … Continue reading

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McKinsey Settles Its Failure to Disclose Bankruptcy Positions for $15 Million

As the Barometer noted some months ago, McKinsey & Company, the management consulting firm, was under fire for its failure to disclose conflicts of interest in bankruptcy cases. The issue was McKinsey providing counsel and advice on distinction of estates … Continue reading

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Millennials and Trust: Misguided or Misinformed Views

A Deseret News study finds that millennials have the greatest trust in the military and colleges and universities. Those are the only two categories that garner a majority of millennials in trust. Oddly, their third highest level of trust is … Continue reading

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However, We Would Do Anything For Love, All Due Credit to Meat Loaf

They are only 1.5% of the total number of scams reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), but the amount lost is $143 million. “They, all 21,000 in 2018 alone,” are the reports that come in to the government agency … Continue reading

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Staying on Welfare by Applying For Jobs Well Over Your Pay Grade

Senator JimCarlin, after receiving three reports from Iowa Workforce Development, is targeting what he calls the “habitually unemployed.” These folks, in order to stay on unemployment, fulfill their requirement for seeking employment by applying only for jobs for which they … Continue reading

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56% of affluent consumers want financial security; 44% want “head over heels” love

O tempora! O mores! Does that mean 44% do not want financial security? Or does it mean that 56% don’t need “head over heels” love? Or does it mean that they are fine with “run of the mill” love? SOURCE: … Continue reading

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“I would consider it cheating.”

The words of a parent of a child seeking admission to one of New York City’s hoity-toity high schools upon having an admissions exam tutor offer a copy of the high school’s admission exam. The parent said that he/she did … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos: Amazon CEO, the National Enquirer, Lewd Photos, and Extortion

The richest man in the United States blogged that he has a problem. The National Enquirer threatened him with publishing photos that were obtained somehow from his private e-mail. The photos were of Mr. Bezos were described as follows: “A … Continue reading

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Truth Percolates — And Its Nature Has Spawned a New Business

Virginia — Is there an elected official in the Commonwealth who does not have bizarre yearbook issues, sexual assault allegations, and/or incredibly poor responses to either? From 35 years ago to 15 years ago, the indiscretions and misconduct of the … Continue reading

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More McKinsey Issues: More Than a Conflict

The bankruptcy of SunEdison took an interesting turn with a court filing by an attorney for one of SunEdison’s creditors. The filing, based on an investigation that the SunEdison board launched after receiving reports from employees, alleges that McKinsey and … Continue reading

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The Treasury Secretary on Private Jet of Junk-Bond King Milken

The Barometer has a question: What kind of government regulations could look at a flight by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury on the private jet of a convicted securities fraudster and conclude that no ethics waiver was necessary? Treasury … Continue reading

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More on Pharmas and Addiction

Purdue Pharma has been running ads about its role in stopping the opioid crisis. However, a court filing reveals that members of the Sackler family, founders of Purdue, took a slightly different track upon learning of abuses of their prescription … Continue reading

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Connection Between Gifts and Payments to Docs and Opioid

A study published Friday in the JAMA Network Open finds a link between those counties in which physicians receive the highest number of gifts and payments from pharmaceutical companies and the rate of opiod overdose in those counties. Scott E. … Continue reading

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New Study: When They Change the Wording in the Earnings Reports– Be Afraid

In a working paper, “Last Prices,” economist professorsLauren Cohen, Christopher Malloy, and Quoc Nguyen, gathered together the annual (10-k) and quarterly reports (10-q) of publicly traded companies and discovered something investors should consider: the numbers are not the answer; the … Continue reading

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