Bill Gross goes to court to settle scores

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It’s about principle, not money, and readable filings certainly help

In defence of class-action suits

Collective claims against errant companies drive the point home

Bankers not alone in pushing ethical boundaries

Volkswagen will have to work hard to regain trust

Charlotte Proudman QC a PHD barrister in London. Male Linkedin users commented on her looks

Sexism spat highlights a further problem

Staying quiet is often the easier course, but it does not always pay off

Hedge funds fail to live up to their name

Short-term losses give financial services pause for thought

Stephen Hester

Pay can sometimes seem to reward failure

Hester is in line for £8.5m payout despite not turning round RSA

China hardly ideal model for markets

Arguably the most worrying example of misleading pricing is in the country’s equity markets

Lear jet on tarmac

Scandinavians claim the moral high ground

Flights of fancy are brought to earth quickly while UK and US executives cling grimly to their jobs

Acquisitions race could lead to risky buys

Shire and ValueAct acted swiftly to pursue their targets

Reality bites for European banks

The pitfalls of long-held global ambitions are becoming clearer

Cautionary tale amid Receptos frenzy

Companies that struggle to innovate may not be best placed to judge the quality of others’ ideas

Hamp case threatens Japan diversity push

Toyota executive’s treatment illustrates problems faced by expats

Nuts and bolts of robot-human relations

In many ways, robots have helped make the workplace safer

Ride the wave of public opinion with care

Bend over too far to back a cause and you might come a cropper

Investors work up sweat in wearables race

Mad rush for Fitbit shares highlights lack of access to private fundraising rounds

King Murdoch divides his realm

Fox mogul may not know his Shakespeare but at least is trying to set up an orderly transition

Activists’ neat Twist on investor rights

By demanding more from Samsung, Elliott takes on cozy culture

Bad sign when media pay outstrips bankers’

Big awards are becoming common among communications companies, and not just as part of a deal

Lightning action is best to scare banks

Making fines more predictable would make them easier to plan for as a cost of doing business

Stakes high as Walmart takes on Amazon

Battle between retail giants will almost certainly hurt other online rivals


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