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1. Litigation, regulation expected to add to forensic and valuation workload   WebExclusive

BY Ken Tysiac
Forensic and valuation CPAs expect increases in litigation and regulation to add to their workload and make it challenging to hire and keep qualified employees, according to a new AICPA survey. Attracting and retaining qualified staff led the list of top challenges over the next two to five years, identified as the top concern by 25% of the 737 forensic and valuation CPA respondents in the AICPA’s recently completed 2011 Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS) Trend Survey.

2. Handling of Litigation Contingency Disclosure Facing Greater SEC Scrutiny   WebExclusive

The SEC appears to be increasing its scrutiny of compliance with financial statement disclosure rules regarding potential court losses. The heightened attention is intersecting with a three-decades-old treaty for lawyers and accountants forged by the AICPA and the American Bar Association. The JofA spoke with attorney Michael Young, chair of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s Securities Litigation & Enforcement Practice Group, about the issue.

3. Expert Testimony Guidelines for CPA Valuation Analysts  

BY ROBERT REILLY, CPA/ABV/CFE
When giving expert testimony, CPA valuation analysts should be prepared to have their reports and testimony withstand the scrutiny of litigation and cross-examination. The following guidelines can help the valuation analyst prepare for potential vulnerabilities that opposing legal counsel may try to exploit. Check your resume.

4. Securities Class Action Filings Decline   WebExclusive

Federal securities class action activity declined in the first half of 2009, according to a report released Monday by the Stanford Law School’s Securities Class Action Clearinghouse and Cornerstone Research. Eighty-seven federal securities class actions were filed in the first half of 2009, a 22.3% decline from the 112 filings in both halves of 2008.

5. Privilege Claims Under Fire  

BY Laura Jean Kreissl, Darlene Pulliam
Despite some legal setbacks, the IRS has signaled it will continue to press for a strict reading of the work product privilege that protects taxpayer documents from discovery. With Action on Decision 2007-004, the IRS said it will not acquiesce in the Sixth Circuit’s holding in U.S. v.

6. Wading Into Litigation Support  

BY Edmund Fenton Jr.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY CPAs can provide valuable services as litigation support consultants in lawsuits involving business damages. This analytical role allows CPAs to enter the litigation support business before taking on the greater challenge of being an expert witness. Before accepting an engagement, the CPA should ask the attorney for all existing documentation to determine if that type of work is within the CPA’s professional capabilities and make sure the engagement is crafted to protect the attorney work product privilege.

7. Highlights  

HIGHLIGHTS With FASB affirming its implementation date for FIN 48, several organizations, including the AICPA and FASB itself, are producing educational materials or additional guidance to help issuers comply with its new requirements for recognizing and measuring tax assets and liabilities.

8. Highlights  

The PCAOB proposed a standard, An Audit of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting That Is Integrated With an Audit of Financial Statements, to replace PCAOB Audit Standard no. 2 (AS2). The proposal is designed to focus audits on the matters most significant to internal control, eliminate unnecessary procedures, simplify the standard itself by reducing detail (the text is roughly one-third the length of AS2) and make audits more scalable for smaller companies.

9. Highlights  

HIGHLIGHTS The SEC enhanced the Internet-based search capability of its EDGAR database of company filings. Users now can search the contents of disclosure documents with a full-text search tool. The newly searchable information includes registration statements, annual and quarterly reports and other filings by companies and mutual funds during the past four years.

10. A Fast-Moving Practice Niche  

Business valuation (BV) and forensic & litigation services (FLS) are the fastest-growing niche markets in the CPA profession. This special section highlights these niche practices and the issues practitioners are facing. CPAs looking for additional technical and practice management guidance on BV and FLS topics also can visit the AICPA’s BV/FLS Web site ( www.aicpa.org/bvfls ) for more detailed guidance.
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