Write-Offs: 06.21.13

$$$ EU Finance Ministers Struggle With Bank Rules [WSJ]

$$$ Fund manager gets 11 years for Facebook, Groupon shares scam [Reuters]

$$$ Morgan Stanley Chairman and CEO James Gorman told CNBC on Friday the recent stock drop on Federal Reserve taper talk is an overreaction and investors shouldn’t let market fear take over. “Chairman Bernanke, I think, has done a tremendous job and is weening the country off as we’re seeing economic recovery,” Gorman said. “That the market would be skittish during this transition, given what we’ve been through the last five or six years, is not surprising to me.” [CNBC]

$$$ Did you take your dog to work today? You should have. [CNBC]

$$$ According to RadarOnline, U.S. Magistrate Judge G.R Smith has found Paula Deen and her codefendants in their $1.2 million lawsuit “in contempt of court” for allegedly failing to turn in outtakes of Deen “cussing up a storm” and “performing a sex act on a chocolate éclair,” the site writes. Lisa Jackson, the woman suing Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers, asked the court to rule that Deen violated an order to turn over a tape of “obscene and vulgar video outtakes,” according to documents filed in a Savannah, Ga., court obtained by the gossip site. That video is said to include the 66-year-old TV chef swearing and using profane language, including a description of meal that’s “just a syrup that’s gonna stick our balls together.” [NYP]

$$$ S.E.C.’s New Chief Promises Tougher Line on Cases [NYT]

$$$ Chris Christie Orders Half-Staff Flags for James Gandolfini [NYM]

$$$ French woman accused of disguising herself as daughter to sit for exam: The 52-year-old woman, reportedly dressed in Converse baseball boots, jeans and a lot of makeup, managed to be admitted to an exam hall in a lycée in Paris instead of her 19-year-old daughter. [Guardian]

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