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Silicon Valley trials start as sexism lawsuit ends

March 29, 2015

Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins beat gender discrimination allegations, but the likes of Facebook and Twitter face similar lawsuits. The court of public opinion also has yet to deliver its verdict. Scrutiny of how the tech world treats women is just getting under way.

Silicon Valley sexism case tests new M&M color

March 11, 2015

Venture capitalists at Kleiner Perkins didn’t slip the candy down blouses, behavior that cost one tech law firm big bucks in 1994. But they’re accused of unfairly blocking a woman’s rise. It’s a subtler but more toxic flavor of discrimination that suggests how little has changed.

Wells Fargo in mortgage mire, just like the others

October 10, 2012

Warren Buffett’s favorite bank trades at a premium to U.S. rivals, partly thanks to a carefully cultivated “not Wall Street” image. But a new government suit against the West Coast bank is a timely reminder that Wells had no trouble cooking up its own questionable home loans.

Apple and Einhorn could both use cleaner design

February 7, 2013

The iPhone maker has combined three governance fixes better considered separately by shareholders. Also a bit unwieldy is an idea to unlock the value of the company’s cash that has led the hedge fund boss to try to block the changes. Both would gain from Apple’s famed simplicity.

Time to pull the plug on NY’s Hank Greenberg suit

April 11, 2013

The fraud case against the ex-AIG boss has already outlasted two of the state’s attorneys general. After losing a ruling Wednesday, a third AG should fold. His office is plenty busy pursuing financial-crisis cases and other scams. It doesn’t need this eight-year-old distraction.