Corporate Counsel: Dust settles on backdating scandal as costs emerge
Susan Skaer was the top lawyer at Silicon Valley high-flier Mercury Interactive for five years. Today, the recently married Skaer sells real estate in Palo Alto, California, under her new name of Susan Tanner. Skaer is just one of a plethora of Silicon Valley in-house lawyers whose careers were turned upside down by backdating - the widespread and illegal practice of companies picking stock option grant dates after the fact and not accounting for them properly.
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