Pharma Execs Boost Prices to Boost Pay

The House Oversight Committee released two major reports Wednesday that expose the internal strategies used by drug makers Celgene and Teva to repeatedly jack up the price of their blockbuster drugs revlimid and copaxone. The reports, which are the culmination of an 18-month investigation based on internal company documents, outline in vivid detail how both…

Boohoo Group PLC vows to rectify failings but margins remain a question

Boohoo Group PLC (LON:BOO) has vowed to address its corporate governance responsibilities after an independent review confirmed poor working conditions and low rates of pay in its supply chain. The report found that Its senior directors “knew for a fact that there were very serious issues about the treatment of factory workers in Leicester and…

Antitrust law: The next stakeholder capitalism battleground? | Fortune

[S]ome reformers have called to replace the “consumer welfare” standard with “effective competition,” using antitrust to “protect” market participants throughout the supply chain, including workers. Others propose that enforcers seek “stakeholder remedies,” such as changes to corporate governance, as part of antitrust enforcement.  Need to clear that merger? Fork over a few board seats to…

Activist Trian Fund Management Takes Stake in Comcast – WSJ

Tough when the insiders have controlling shares, but then Trian is pretty savvy. It will be interesting to see where this goes. Trian Fund Management LP, a hedge fund known for pushing big companies to make operational and other changes, has launched an activist campaign against Comcast Corp. in a bet that the cable-TV and…

Darden Restaurants — As You Sow

At As You Sow, Roseanna Weaver points out that the Darden board found a way to give the CEO a bonus even though COVID-19 has meant decreased revenues for the restaurant businesses. The Compensation Committee “approved modifications to the performance goals for fiscal 2020 annual incentives” because of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lowering…

Our Audit of EY’s Apology for Wirecard Finds it Inadequate

Note use of passive voice and that faintest of excuses: it was really, really hard. Not acceptable when the auditor’s primary job is to verify the company’s accounts, and that included detecting fraud. “Many people believe that the fraud at Wirecard should have been detected earlier and we fully understand that,” Mr Di Sibio wrote…