Tuesday, February 21, 2012

David Skeel on what's wrong with the mortgage settlement.

In one of Prof. Skeel's typically astute op-eds, he explains what's wrong with the settlement proposed by the state attorneys general (here).

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Best quote in an op-ed referencing Nozick.

John Kay's piece in the Financial Times (here) includes this wonderful paragraph, which applies to corporate pay and the pay of estate professionals in bankruptcy cases:
And again, problems arise when people voluntarily hand over money that is not their own. John Kenneth Galbraith once described executive pay as a warm personal gesture by the beneficiary to himself. In today’s world of remuneration committees, it is more often a warm personal gesture by friends to each other. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A must-get book if you're interested in Ponzi schemes.

Check out The Ponzi Book (here).  This book is for professionals who find themselves in the middle of a Ponzi scheme and need to understand the overlap among state corporate law, other state law, bankruptcy law, criminal law, and jurisdiction (to name just a few).  Here's the Table of Contents.

Were I to find myself in the middle of litigating a Ponzi scheme, this book would be the first one I'd open.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

My Dad found this post for me.

See here.  Loved it.

Groupthink revisited (revisited again).

A few weeks after I wrote this post (here), I came across this study (here) discussed in the Wall Street Journal.  It gives some insight into why smart people might not speak up in small groups. 

What happens when smart people don't speak up--or when people don't listen to them?  See here.