ABSTRACT:

This case exposes students to decision making in an ethically and legally ambiguous situation. It also asks them to practice using their ethical sensitivity by identifying situations where ethical conflicts are present. Students will learn the Securities and Exchange Commission's definition of insider trading and gain an understanding of the Supreme Court's recent interpretations regarding the specifics of what constitutes insider trading. Students will also learn about the legal protection afforded to whistleblowers under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and learn about the code of ethics requirement applicable to public company's senior financial officers and the chief executive officer. Finally, students will be exposed to the definition of an internal control deficiency and learn how to identify two types of internal control deficiencies.

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