Archive for 2017

A conflict of interest on the grandest of scales

Drought, floods, air pollution and political unrest. That is just part of the climate change nightmare we are leaving to future generations, as described in an important report issued late last week by the US government. Most of the conflicts of interest discussed in this blog over the past six […]

Was the Grand Inquisitor right (about compliance)?

In Dostoevsky’s short story The Grand Inquisitor,  Jesus Christ returns to earth in Spain at the time of the Inquisition, only to be arrested by Church leaders. As explained by the Grand Inquisitor (courtesy of Wikipedia), “Jesus rejected [the Devil’s] three temptations in favor of freedom, but the Inquisitor thinks that Jesus […]

As if you didn’t already have enough to worry about

My latest column in Compliance & Ethics Professional  – available on page 2 of this PDF – examines the underappreciated risks of being sued for defamation arising from doing compliance work. I hope you find it interesting.

Free web cast on behavioral ethics

On Wednesday September 27 at noon Eastern Azish Filabi of Ethical Systems and I will be speaking on a behavioral ethics web cast presented by the Ethics & Compliance Initiative. More information about the webcast can be found here. Azish and I hope you can join us.

Come to the Advanced Compliance & Ethics Workshop

Its that time of year – time for the Practising Law Institute’s Advanced Compliance & Ethics Workshop, which Rebecca Walker and I are co-chairing. You can attend on October 30-31 in NYC or on the web or on November 6-7 in San Francisco. The agenda and list of our all-star faculty […]

The lawyer as whistleblower

When can a lawyer blow the whistle on her own client? My latest column in Compliance & Ethics Professional (p2 of PDF) takes a look at this ethically fraught issue. I hope you find it of interest.

Get the new behavioral ethics and compliance e-book

Ethical Systems has just published Head to Head: A conversation on behavioral science and ethics – by that organization’s CEO, Azish Filabi, and me. Click here to download it for free.

What Can We Learn from the Latest “Open Payments” Data?

By Kevin Kovalsky and Bill Sacks, HealthStream* The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a new trove of payment data on June 30, 2017. Since 2013, the “Open Payments” database, created under the Affordable Care Act, has been used to collect and publish information about payments from medical device […]

Why avoiding conflicts of interest matters in the investment business

By Knut A. Rostad* Introduction. This commentary would never be written in most professional settings today. The reason: avoiding conflicts obviously matters. It’s self-evident. Yet, in many quarters in brokerage and investment advice, it’s not self-evident at all. Instead, in these quarters conflicts are deemed quite acceptable or even beneficial. […]

The harm from conflicts you often can’t see

A few days ago Newsweek ran a piece on the Trump family’s “endless conflicts of interest,” describing in detail several dozen actual, apparent and potential conflicts, and related ethical infirmities. Another such list is maintained and periodically updated by The Atlantic. The sheer volume of these cases is so overwhelming […]