Microsoft Fined $3.3M on Sanctions

Microsoft has agreed to pay more than $3.3 million to settle civil charges that its Russia subsidiary violated U.S. sanctions law in the 2010s by covering up sales of Microsoft products to people in Cuba, Iran, and elsewhere.  The settlement was announced on Thursday by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Bureau…

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Microsoft & Activision, Part II: Repairing Culture


In a post earlier this week we explored the numerous antitrust and privacy concerns that arise from Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Today let’s assume that Microsoft somehow does close this deal. How would Microsoft then address the deeply troubled corporate culture at Activision?  That’s a challenge ethics and compliance officers encounter all the…

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Microsoft, Activision and Antitrust Issues

OK, Microsoft has proposed acquiring Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. Now comes the parlor game of analyzing the ethics and compliance issues involved in this mammoth deal, and two arise right away: surviving regulatory scrutiny, and repairing Activision’s defective corporate culture. We can begin with the regulatory scrutiny, because this deal captures so many current…

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