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On May 8, 2006, Altera said its board ordered an independent review of "historical stock-option practices and related accounting." The special probe followed a management review sparked by media reports that raised questions about options practices at other companies, Altera said. 16, 2006, the company said it completed its internal probe, found misdated options, sees restatement adjustments totalling .6 million pretax, and said its CFO was retiring. 20, 2007 the company said the SEC ended its probe of the company's stock-options practices and won't recommend any enforcement action.

The Santa Monica, Calif., videogame company said on July 28 that the SEC has asked the company for documents related to its stock-option grants as part of an informal inquiry.

The company also said its board has appointed a special subcommittee of independent directors to conduct an internal review of the companys historical stock-option grant practices. 25 the company said it appears likely that actual measurement dates for certain historical stock-option grants will be found to differ from the recorded grant dates for such awards.

It is being examined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. 7, the company announced that investors should no longer rely on its prior disclosures about the findings of its continuing internal probe. Noncash compensation costs related to backdating will be about $51 million, plus additional tax-related expenses.

It had previously said a preliminary review suggested no intentional backdating occurred and any charges were likely to be minor. (Headlines) (Options chart) The maker of gene-testing devices said on Aug 1 that an internal probe has uncovered "certain documentation lapses" in its stock options grant processes from 1997 through 1999, including one instance when the option grant date should have been recorded differently.

26 said it expects to record noncash charges on options dating, cutting into net and operating income, with "material" results for some periods going back to 2000 after completing its stock-option backdating review.(Headlines)The Cambridge, Mass., biotechnology company disclosed on Aug.

10, 2006 that it is being investigated by the SEC for alleged options backdating.

Director Fred Anderson, who served as the company's chief financial officer from 1996 until 2004, resigned from its board of directors. On April 24, 2007, the SEC filed civil charges against Apple's former general counsel, Nancy Heinen, and former CFO Fred Anderson for their alleged involvement in backdating of stock options at Apple. Anderson settled the charge with the SEC without admitting wrongdoing.

(Options chart) (Headlines) The Sunnyvale, Calif., semiconductor company disclosed on June 27 that it received a subpoena from the U. attorney for the Northern District of California related to its stock-option practices. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California doesn't intend to continue its investigation of the company's option-granting practices and is withdrawing its subpoena, but that it has received a subpoena from the U. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California relating to its past options grants. 14, the company said its audit committee has concluded that Applied should have used different measurement dates for computing costs for certain stock option grants, and the company now expects to recognize up to 0 million in compensation expense beginning in fiscal year 1998, primarily relating to options awarded during fiscal years 2000 through 2002. 10, 2007, Applied said it completed its investigation and the net restatement adjustment from the investigation was .3 million, affecting fiscal years 1999 through first quarter of 2004, comprised of .2 million of stock-based compensation offset by .9 million of tax benefits.

Analog Devices reached a tentative settlement with the SEC in November 2005 related to grants. (Headlines)On June 19, the Phoenix education provider received a subpoena from the U. attorney for the Southern District of New York relating to stock-option grants.

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