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Then along came a Wall Street Journal article on an obscure academic research paper, “On the Timing of CEO Stock Option Awards,” written by Erik Lie, a finance professor at the University of Iowa.

Lie’s research showed that certain option grants dated from 1996 to 2005 had the benefit of hindsight, but left open the question of whether the selection of grant dates was due to deception or discretion.

Both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice had been investigating Broadcom Corporation for backdating of stock options.D (1980), all in the field of electrical engineering. In 2006, Samueli announced he was changing the team's name to the Anaheim Ducks and the arena's name to the Honda Center.The Ducks were reportedly worth 8 million in 2011.Although none were charged criminally, some of their executives, like Apple CFO Fred Anderson, were forced to settle with the SEC for sums as large as .5 million.It was not a very good time for executives to be involved in unfair compensation practices, and the country was not amused.

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