The Sarbanes-Oxley Act Of 2002 (SOX)

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Enron was a one-hundred billion dollar company in 2000, until questionable accounting practices, known as mark-to-market, saw their stock prices drop from ninety dollars per share to just pennies (Ferrell, Hirt, & Ferrell, 2015). All of the top employees were charged and convicted of various crimes and sentenced to time in prison. Because of loss of confidence among investors, the government put into place the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX). SOX is a set of requirements put into law in an attempt to regulate corporations’ accounting practices, in an attempt to protect stockholders. Sox has proponents, but it also has it’s critics. Some experts claim that it has helped weed out some of the corruption in business accounting. While other

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