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Malpractice actions against them are on the rise

By any measure, Sunbeam Corp.'s income statement looks like a crime report, with the appliance maker suffering more than $1 billion in losses over the past two years. Up to now, the Boca Raton (Fla.) company's woes have been largely blamed on the brief but turbulent reign of former Chief Executive Albert J. Dunlap, who was fired after engineering a brutal restructuring--and then inflating sales with a scheme that gave retailers credit for unshipped goods.

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