A couple of people wrote in to note that Credit Suisse First Boston
, which was the underwriter for VA Linux ?
' IPO, has been fined $100 million
for actions they took in that and other high-tech IPO's during the stock market boom. CSFB allocated shares of certain IPO's to customers who made kickbacks to CSFB. Here's their side of the story
. There's also an additional statement
by the regulators and CSFB's settlement agreement (PDF)