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Mercury Insurance Hit With $27.5 Million Fine Over Broker Fees

State Insurance Commissioner David Jones on Monday ordered Mercury Insurance to pay a $27.5 million fine for charging policyholders unauthorized broker fees.

PETA Protests the Return of Foie Gras; Hot’s Kitchen Undeterred

Roughly 20 PETA protestors gathered outside Hot’s Kitchen in Hawthorne on Thursday to protest the return of foie gras to the restaurant’s menu, as well as the chef who cooks it up.

Poll: Is hiring sales reps to sell online ads an outdated way to compete in 2015?

Every week the Los Angeles Business Journal asks readers their views on a variety of business and economic issues. A running tally is available on the site and later will be published in the Commentary section of our print edition. Our latest poll is available on the bottom right column of our home page.

Poll: How effective are online ads?

Every week the Los Angeles Business Journal asks readers their views on a variety of business and economic issues. A running tally is available on the site and later will be published in the Commentary section of our print edition. Our latest poll is available on the bottom right column of our home page.

OSI to Manufacture Suicide Bomb Detector

Rapiscan Systems Inc., a Torrance supplier of security inspection systems, announced Tuesday that it has added a suicide-bomb detector to its portfolio.

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Catholic League, American Atheists Take Christmas Feud to L.A.

A years-long feud between two groups that has played out on Christmas-related billboards across the country came to Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Fuji to Bring Packaged Sushi to Chicago

Fuji Food Products Inc., a Santa Fe Springs company that makes packaged sushi, said Wednesday it is opening a new manufacturing plant in the Chicago suburbs.

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Work/Life Balance: Angela Agrusa

Liner partner on work calls at baseball games, workplace prejudice and not keeping baby photos at her desk.

Angela Agrusa is a partner in Los Angeles law firm Liner’s litigation department. Her practice focuses on consumer false-labeling claims and competitor false-advertising challenges, as well as deceptive trade practices and class-action litigation. She is the chair of Liner’s consumer marketing and product labeling practice. Agrusa joined Liner after spending 16 years at Baker & Hostetler. She’s the mother of two teenagers. We spoke with Agrusa about “powering through” the workday as a mother with places to be.

UCLA Beats USC in Business School Rankings

Three local business schools made Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2014 ranking of MBA programs, now in its 14th year.

L.A.’s Top Round Plans Nationwide Roll-Out

Local fast food joint Top Round Roast Beef has just one location, but its owners say they’re ready to expand across the country.

Poll: If restaurants raised prices 10 percent across the board to pay for higher minimum wages, would you dine out less?

Every week the Los Angeles Business Journal asks readers their views on a variety of business and economic issues. A running tally is available on the site and later will be published in the Commentary section of our print edition. Our latest poll is available on the bottom right column on our home page.

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Mover of Space Shuttle Settles in for Long Haul

The machinery-moving company that is perhaps best known for maneuvering the Space Shuttle Endeavour through the streets of Los Angeles two years ago has found a new home.

Obama to Give Local Mountains Monument Status

President Barack Obama plans to announce on Friday that he will designate roughly half of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument, bringing more federal protection to almost 350,000 acres of land in the Angeles National Forest.

Forecast: LA County to Hit New Employment Peak in 2015

After eight years, Los Angeles County should finally hit a new employment peak next year, according to a forecast to be released this morning from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

KKR Sweet on Lemonade

Lemonade Restaurant Group, a cafeteria-style restaurant chain based in West Hollywood, has sweetened a deal with global investment firm KKR of New York.