Author Archives: Joe Ahmad

Tech entrepreneur Mike Lynch acquitted of defrauding HP; he was smart to testify 

A San Francisco jury that heard three months of testimony unanimously acquitted Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch of 15 criminal charges of conspiracy and wire fraud over the 2011 sale of his company to Hewlett-Packard. The government charged that Lynch misrepresented … Continue reading

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Boeing CEO resigns – the top must drop in crises like these 

Davd Calhoun, CEO of Boeing, announced he is resigning from the troubled airlines at the end of the year. This is inevitable and the right thing to do. Just like in pro sports, an organization with major problems needs to … Continue reading

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Paxton and Succession – What if you are the coup target?

Though politics, in the more formal political party sense of the word, had a leading role in the impeachment trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, there were definite similarities between that attempted takeover and what happens in the hit … Continue reading

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FTC Non-Compete Rule Change Could Boost Wages and Innovation

In April, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) closed comments on a proposed rule change that would drastically limit employers’ uses and abuses of non-compete agreements in employee contracts.  When the FTC announced the proposed rule change its press release suggested … Continue reading

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Can CEO’s learn something from Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’s problems with the NFL?

Earlier this week, multibillionaire and longtime Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was found to have violated the league’s tampering rules in a scheme described as “unprecedented in scope and severity” by commissioner Roger Goodell. It’s hard for someone like me … Continue reading

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Despite Two Closely Watched Trial Losses, DOJ Pressing on with Controversial Criminal No-Poaching, Price-Fixing Antitrust Enforcement

Is the DOJ going too far by aggressively pursuing criminal no-poach and price-fixing charges as per se violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act? In two recent trials testing these enforcement theories for the first time, jurors thought the government’s cases … Continue reading

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Covid-19’s Latest Side Effect: A Stampede of Whistleblowers at the SEC

It seems every day we find new ways the pandemic has upended the way we live and work. Just ask anyone in HR, data security and compliance. It’s no secret that housebound and hybrid workers have been keeping them awake … Continue reading

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Panel of Global Employment Lawyers Agrees on One Thing: U.S. Noncompete Laws Create Unique Challenges

The state-by-state patchwork of noncompete laws is difficult enough for U.S.-based businesses, let alone employers with a cross-border presence. I had the pleasure of exploring this topic with a panel of U.S. and UK-based employment lawyers as part to the … Continue reading

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Unjust Accusations Against Doctor Highlight a Pervasive Prejudice

I’m proud to be able to help Dr. Hasan Gokal start down the road toward justice and begin putting his life back together. The damage he suffered to his reputation and the injustice he experienced shine a light on the … Continue reading

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There’s More to Learn from Jeopardy! than Trivia

Q: This household-name company allowed an insider to lead a high-profile executive search only to end up hiring himself for the job. It then failed to perform basic vetting that might have uncovered the new guy’s embarrassing history of insensitive … Continue reading

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