Should Ernst & Young be held responsible for the bad actions of Lehman Brothers? New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who Tuesday slapped the Big Four audit firm with civil fraud charges, thinks so. But it's not an easy question to answer.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has filed a civil lawsuit against Ernst & Young, alleging that the accounting giant helped now-defunct investment bank Lehman Brothers hide billions of dollars in debt from its investors via loans disguised as sales.
Accounting giant Ernst & Young is expected to face civil fraud charges by New York prosecutors over its alleged role in the spectacular collapse of Lehman Brothers. The lawsuit would mark the first time a Big Four accountant has been charged in regard to the financial crisis.
Cisco Systems and Westcon Group North America agreed to pay $48 million to settle charges they paid kickbacks and referral fees to win government business, and then recouped those costs and more by overcharging the government for their services.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has sued Bank of America over its Merrill Lynch takeover, claiming it failed to disclose what bad shape Merrill was in before shareholders voted on the deal. Responses to the charges have been filed, with ex-CEO Ken Lewis' the most aggressive.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a lawsuit accusing Former Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis of misleading investors about Merrill Lynch's mounting losses before Bank of America acquired the firm in late 2008. The bank and its former chief financial officer, Joseph L. Price, were also charged.