Samsun will pay Apple $548-million in patent dispute

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Description: After a drawn out battle, Samsung is finally paying Apple $548 million for infringing Apple patents and copying the look of the iPhone. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: December 04, 2015 Text Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/tech-news/samsung-to-finally-pay-apple-548-million-in-patent-dispute/article27602973/ Questions for Discussion: Will this payout have any impact on Samsung’s sales? Will the realization that Samsung copied the… Read more »

Tesla recalls all Model S sedans

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Description: Tesla is recalling all its 90,000 Model S sedans worldwide after a customer reported that her seat belt became disconnected. This is the largest recall by Tesla yet. Interestingly, the recall was made after only one complaint. Source: CBC Date: November 20, 2015 Text Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/tesla-recalls-all-model-s-sedans-to-fix-seatbelt-defect-1.3328058 Questions for Discussion: Will this recall affect Tesla’s… Read more »

Volkswagen: From socially responsible to a social outcast

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Description: Volkswagen represents an interesting case. It spent $77 million advertising its clean and environmentally friendly diesel engine in the American market, while its engineers were rigging these engines with software that tricked emission tests – a case of “greenwashing” the consumers. Source: The New York Times Date: October 17, 2015 Text Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/business/energy-environment/social-responsibility-that-rubs-right-off.html?ref=business&_r=0 Questions… Read more »

Offshore tax havens

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Description: Many large corporations offshore their money in tax havens to avoid paying taxes in their country. Large accounting and consulting firms often help wealthy clients to hide their money in tax havens. Source: CBC Date: October 6, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2676746358/?page=2 Questions for Discussion: What are tax havens and how do they work? Is… Read more »

Volkswagen in deep crisis

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Description: Volkswagen (VW) may have landed itself in a crisis that is unprecedented in modern memory. Their act of installing a device to mislead regulators will surely result in a massive number of litigations. Source: CBC Date: September 22, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2675990932/?page=2 Questions for Discussion: Explain the sequence of events that led to VW’s crisis?… Read more »

Businesses to help migrants’ problems

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Description: McDonald’s is leading the way to assemble corporations to raise money to ease the migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle East. McDonald’s will hope that this move will show its customers that it’s a responsible world citizen. Source: The New York Times Date: September 20, 2015 Text Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/business/media/mcdonalds-leads-corporate-effort-to-publicize-migrants-plight.html?ref=business&_r=0 Questions for Discussion: Should… Read more »

Companies find sneaky tactics to increase prices

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Description: Consumers do not want to see price increases in grocery stores – So how do companies increase their prices without annoying the consumers? Instead of increasing price, companies reduce the size of the item without reducing the price or the packaging. Source: CBC Date: March 20, 2015 Video and Text Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2659792798/ Questions for… Read more »

HSBC bank helped customers hide money

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Description: HSBC, one of the largest banks in the word, helped some of its richest customers hide money, often illegally. The documents that were leaked named 1500 Canadians who had money hidden in HSBC. Source: CBC Date: February 09, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2652797906/?page=2 Questions for Discussion: In this unique to one bank or is likely… Read more »

Senior Target managers get large cash payout but no such payouts for front-line workers

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Description: Target, which recently decided to close all its stores in Canada, will give out a large cash payout to its senior managers, however, there’s no such payout for its 17,000 front-line workers. Source: CBC Date: January 24, 2015 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/top-target-canada-managers-get-big-cash-payouts-as-stores-close-1.2930064 Questions for Discussion: Provide a rationale for why Target is giving a large cash… Read more »

Supreme Court of Canada sides with Wal-Mart workers

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Description: In an important decision, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of Wal-Mart workers in Quebec. In 2004, workers at the Wal-Mart store in Jonquière, Quebec, formed a union. Just before the first arbitration was to be carried out, Wal-Mart decided to close down the store, putting all the 190 people out of… Read more »