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The nation's largest retailer, of both discount goods and guns, doesn't have to include a proposal from shareholders in its proxy materials, the Third Circuit ruled on Tuesday. A lower court had ruled that Walmart violated securities law when it refused to include a proposal by a shareholder and one of the nation's oldest churches, Trinity Wall Street.

The case is a reminder of the fine line between shareholder proposals which seek to change a business's social policy, which are permissible, and those which seek to change its day-to-day operations, which a company may ignore.

Amazon and Yelp are both currently suing companies that sell fake online reviews, a major reminder that online reputation can have a major impact on the success or failure of a business. Reading just three negative reviews can be enough to change the mind of most consumers, according to The Guardian, so sham online ratings may result in serious damages.

So, what should you do if your company is bombarded with false, negative reviews? Here are three tips:

JPMorgan Chase is instituting new software that will identify "rogue employees" before they actually do wrong, the banking and financial services company announced. We'll skip the comparison to "Minority Report," the early aughts film in which Tom Cruise hunts down "precriminals" before they can act.

Chase has been rattled by compliance over the past years, having recently settled a Department of Justice investigation into its mortgage practices for $13 billion. It has faced continuing investigation on multiple fronts, from accusations that it manipulated energy markets, to claims it improperly steered clients into self-serving investments.

Could a corporate Big Brother be the answer to Chase's woes? If it is, will others follow?

Things aren't looking good for Wynn resorts and casinos these days. Institutional Shareholder Services, a proxy advisory firm, issued an unusually strong condemnation of Wynn and its management, saying that it had created a corporate governance record that is "among the worst" in the U.S. It urged shareholders to withhold votes for every nominee to the board.

Elaine Wynn, one of the resort's co-founders, has been campaigning to rejoin the board. The board had voted to allow her seat to expire this April, reducing its size from eight to seven, and had supported two incumbent directors, but not her, for re-election.

As a co-founder of the company and director for 13 years, the proxy firm held her responsible for many of the failings at the resort company. Here are three lessons to be learned from their report:

As Indiana and Arkansas were considering "religious freedom" bills that, opponents argued, would give companies the right to discriminate, several high profile corporations took public stances against them.

Apple, Salesforce, American Airlines and even Walmart spoke out against the legislation. Yeah, Walmart, the second largest corporation in America, often reviled by progressives, contacted the Governor of Arkansas and urged him to veto his state's RFRA legislation.

Why?

Charles Malik, a Lebanese philosopher and diplomat, once said, "The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world."

This year, in honor of International Women's Day (March 8), we've rounded up our Top 5 In House blog posts about women mobilizing to create change in the corporate legal department:

While Walmart's in-house counsel may know all the rules regarding age and disability discrimination, some of Walmart's in-store employees clearly do not. The EEOC filed suit against Walmart on behalf of David Moorman, a former manager at a Walmart store in Keller, Texas, alleging age and disability discrimination in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Moorman claimed he was taunted and ridiculed by direct supervisors who called him "old man" and "old food guy." He was also allegedly denied reasonable accommodations for his diabetes (he requested a change in work duties) and was subsequently fired.

Walmart has agreed to settle the case, and to pay Moorman $150,000. Walmart also must train its employees on what conduct constitutes unlawful discrimination or harassment under the ADA and the ADEA.

Several years ago, the Justice Department announced it was cracking down on violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the federal statute that makes it a crime to bribe foreign government officials in order to get business.

Last week, the French engineering company Alstom interrupted its Merry Christmas to plead guilty to FCPA violations and pay $772 million in fines -- the largest ever for foreign bribery, according to The New York Times.

When you're the CEO of a new company, when is the time to sell your shares and make some actual cash? The answer is probably "not very soon" -- at least not so soon that it looks like there's some impropriety.

Case in point: Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga, the company that makes those Facebook games where you grow pumpkins or mine diamonds, or something. Thanks to some questionable conduct, some of Zynga's directors are in Delaware Chancery Court.

30 Companies Sign Pro-Gay Marriage Amicus Brief: Good Idea?

Gay marriage is a pretty divisive issue in this country, though it is becoming less so as more states legalize same-sex nuptials. And corporations, typically, steer far away from controversial topics, for obvious reasons.

It is refreshing then, to see Ben & Jerry's join 29 other companies in an "Employers' Amicus Brief" filed in support of same-sex marriage. The brief urges the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case, and to establish a uniform national rule that respects the rights of same-sex couples to tie the knot.

Who else joined them on the brief? And will there be any negative business consequences?