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Greenlight or Red Light – GM Proxy Fight Coming?

In the filing, Greenlight – a $10 billion investment firm – said in essence that GM lied when it asserted that a credit downgrade was possible if the stock were split into two classes. Greenlight also said it repeats its request that GM has denied on numerous occasions to consent for Greenlight to speak directly to the rating agencies about the Plan so that it can be accurately evaluated by a formal rating committee. Continue reading

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SEC Charges GM with GAAP Violations on Ignition Switches

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged General Motors (NYSE: GM) with GAAP  violations and GM  has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty over deadly ignition swiches. This deal settles charges that deficient internal accounting controls prevented the GM … Continue reading

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ExxonMobil Under Scrutiny for Its Climate Change Propaganda

In a disturbing development with broad First Amendment implications, ExxonMobil is lashing out against the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and others – in the words of UCS, “who feel they are holding them accountable for their decades of deception.” Continue reading

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GM Files $750 Million Q1 Earnings Charge with SEC

The three-quarters of a billion dollar expense to stockholders includes yesterday’s safety recall of electric power steering assist affecting approximately 1.3 million vehicles and other safety recalls announced in the three months ending 31 March 2014. Continue reading

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JPMorgan Chase Employees Charged With Financial Fraud

“Our financial system has been hurt in recent years not just by risky bets gone bad, but also, in some cases, by criminal wrongdoing,” opined Attorney General Holder. Critics maintain Holder has done little to prosecute financial fraud at the ratings agencies and on Wall Street that led to the collapse of the U.S. economy, cut American wealth in half, and created the highest rates of unemployment since the Great Depression that is still hurting the American middle class. Continue reading

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Taxpayers to Recoup $1.3 Billion on Latest GM Stock Sale

U.S. Treasury today said that the 30 million shares of GM common stock it is selling at $34.41 per share is expected to total a $1.03 billion recovery for U.S. taxpayers. Continue reading

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Mullen, Ex Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joins GM Board

General Motors announced the election of retired Admiral Michael Mullen to a lucrative position on the GM board of directors effective immediately. Mullen served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007 to 2011. He was the principal military adviser to President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, as well as two Secretaries of Defense. Continue reading

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Toyota to Buy Cascade Corporation, a Leader in Materials Handling

Toyota Industries Corporation (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 6201) (“TICO”) and Cascade Corporation (NYSE: CASC) (“Cascade”) today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which TICO will acquire 100% of the shares of Cascade for $65 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at $759 million in the tender offer. The purchase price is a 23% percent premium over Cascade’s volume-weighted average share price for the last 60 days. No wonder, the buyout has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both TICO and Cascade. Continue reading

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TBC Corporation Acquires Midas in Successful Tender Offer

TBC Corporation today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Midas, Inc. through one of its wholly owned subsidiaries, Gearshift Merger Corporation, with Midas being the surviving corporation. The short form merger was the final step of the acquisition process and follows TBC’s payment for all of the shares validly tendered. Continue reading

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Hapless SEC Sues AutoChina for Alleged Stock Manipulation

AutoChina (OTC: AUTCF), China’s largest commercial vehicle sales, servicing, leasing, and company said the SEC’s complaint is without merit, thereby setting up an intricate and lengthy court battle with the watchdog that does not bark. SEC claimed that AutoChina senior executive and director Hui Kai Yan, a former AutoChina manager, and others fraudulently traded AutoChina’s stock to boost its daily trading volume. Continue reading

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TBC Begins Tender Offer for Shares of Midas at $11.50

The offer appears positive for Midas shareholders since share prices have ranged from a recent 52-week high of, well, $11.50 – raising the distinct possibility of insider trading – to a 52-week low of $5.08. Currently Midas is trading at $11.47. Midas made $0.28 per share during 2011 or $4 million on revenue of $184 million. For this dismal performance, its top executives were compensated $1.7 million, which left no money to pay a dividend to shareholders. Directors and officers of Midas own more than 10% of the stock, which could result in a challenge to the takeover. Continue reading

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Pep Boys Sold to The Gores Group for $800 Million

The proposed transaction has already interested at least one legal firm trolling for business. Tripp Levy, a securities law firm, immediately put out a notice to investors that there are “potential claims of breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of state law” against the board of directors of Pep Boys in connection with the sale. There likely will be more such allegations from firms looking to garner legal fees.

However, the agreement does provide for a 45-day “go-shop” period and contains customary closing conditions, including receiving the approval of Pep Boys’ shareholders and all applicable regulatory approvals. A special meeting of Pep Boys’ shareholders will be held following the filing of a definitive proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Continue reading

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Ex Car Czar Rattner Settles Bribery Charges for $10 Million

Steven Rattner, the Obama Administrations’ former “car czar,” has settled bribery charges in New York by paying a $10 million fine and agreeing to banishment from appearing before any public pension fund within the State of New York for five years. … Continue reading

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Ex Car Czar Settles with SEC; Sued for Bribery by New York

As General Motors stock successfully returned to public trading yesterday, Steven Rattner, 58, the Obama Administrations’ former “car czar,” was sued by New York’s Attorney General for using bribes to secure $150 million in investments for his former firm, the Quadrangle … Continue reading

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