Tag Archives: Google

Financial Daily Dose 1.13.2020 | Top Story: Labor Dept. Issues Stricter Joint Employer Test in New Rules

BY: Michael D. Reif | January 13, 2020

Sunday’s release of a long-awaited Labor Department final rule on joint employment spells trouble for workers hoping to “sue large companies for wrongdoing by contractors or franchisees.” The rule reverses Obama-era policies by redefining (and increasing) the amount of control a company must have over workers to be considered a joint employer – NYTimes and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 1.8.2020 | Top Story: Speaker Company Sonos Sues Google for Patent Infringement

BY: Michael D. Reif | January 8, 2020

Home speaker maker Sonos has sued Google, accusing the company of “infringing on five of its patents, including technology that lets wireless speakers connect and synchronize with one another.” Sonos had originally partnered with Google in 2013 on a music service that would work easily with Sonos’ speakers (back when Google was merely “an internet … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 12.05.2019 | Top Story: CBS and Viacom Finalize Deal to Reunite Media Empire

BY: Michael D. Reif | December 5, 2019

CBS and Viacom are back together again. The deal to reunite the former partners, which closed late yesterday, was pushed by National Amusements’ chief Shari Redstone since 2016 and hasted along recently by the precipitous fall from grace of CBS’ Les Moonves last year – NYTimes and Bloomberg The OCC has “rebuked” Wells Fargo’s HR … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 12.04.2019 | Top Story: Google Co-founders Step Down From Executive Roles at Parent Alphabet

BY: Michael D. Reif | December 4, 2019

Google announced late Tuesday that co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are “stepping down from executive roles at Google’s parent company, Alphabet.” Google CEO Sundar Pichai will now helm both operations, while Page and Brin will stay on Alphabet’s board. The duo also remains firmly in control of a majority of the company’s voting shares … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 12.02.2019 | Top Story: US Restores Metal Tariffs on Argentina and Brazil

BY: Juvian Hernandez | December 2, 2019

The White House will again slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Argentina and Brazil in an apparent reaction to “massive devaluation” of  currencies in both South American nations – WSJ and NYTimes and Bloomberg Chinese tech giant, Huawei Technologies Co., can resume trading with some U.S. chip suppliers. Huawei, long seen as a … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.21.2019 | Top Story: UAW President Resigns After GM Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Bribery

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 21, 2019

More than a bit of drama in the auto world yesterday, with General Motors suing rival Fiat Chrysler, accusing it of “bribing United Auto Workers officials to gain competitive advantages in contract negotiations.”  The UAW’s president resigned within hours of GM’s filing – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch and Law360 The latest from … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.18.2019 | Top Story: Aramco Seeks Valuation of $1.7T, Well below Original Goal

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 18, 2019

Saudi Aramco’s slow trickle of IPO-related information continued this weekend, including its goal of setting overall company market value at a staggering $1.7 trillion. The figure, though massive, is still well short of the $2 trillion valuation originally floated by MBS – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg As the 737 Max grounding heads into its … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.15.2019 | Top Story: New Jersey Targets Uber Over “Independent Contractor” Worker Classification

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 15, 2019

Sending a shot across the bow of the gig economy, New Jersey is seeking nearly $650 million from Uber for “years of unpaid employment taxes for its drivers, arguing that the ride-hailing company has misclassified the workers as independent contractors and not as employees.” Uber says it’s challenging the state’s findings, but Jersey’s not alone … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.14.2019 | Top Story: Fed Chair Talks Economy and Rates During Congressional Testimony

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 14, 2019

Fed Chair Powell was far from the main attraction on the Hill yesterday, but hey, let’s keep it on topic here and note his belief that the U.S. economy is performing well even as certain risks—including “sluggish growth abroad and trade developments”—remain (though aren’t enough to cut rates again any time soon) – NYTimes and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.13.2019 | Top Story: Buffeted by Changing Consumer Demands, Dean Foods Declares Bankruptcy

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 13, 2019

Dean Foods, the largest milk company in the U.S., has filed for bankruptcy protection, a “fresh setback to a U.S. dairy industry struggling against declining U.S. milk consumption and rising competition.”  Industry experts have noted that the company’s attempts to streamline in recent years haven’t kept up with declining sales, making yesterday’s announcement close to … Continue reading