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Lie Responds To Comments On Blog

Silicon Valley and the investment community are abuzz about the potential impact of investigations into whether companies improperly rigged the stock awards they gave to executives and some employees. Mukund Mohan, a 34-year-old sales and marketing executive, formed a San Jose consulting company to help companies grapple with the accounting, auditing and legal issues that arise from the stock option scandal. At the same time two months ago, he started a blog. One widely viewed blog post about the economic impact of the options scandal caught the attention of ERIK LIE, the associate professor at University of Iowa whose study last year on the timing of stock options grants sparked the interest of the SEC and other regulators. Lie made a few comments to elaborate on some of Mohan's posts. The paper is based in California. A version of the story also ran on the Website of the ST. PAUL PIONEER-PRESS in Minnesota.

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