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L.A. Sues Software Firm Over Alleged Illegal Gambling

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed suit Thursday against a computer software developer, accusing it of supplying Internet cafes in Los Angeles with illegal gambling programs.

IHOP Enters Saudi Arabian Market

DineEquity Inc. on Monday said that it has opened its first IHOP restaurant in Saudi Arabia.

Geragos Attorney Named to Superior Court

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday appointed local class action attorney Shelley Kaufman as a judge on the Los Angeles County Superior Court to fill a vacancy created by a retiring judge.

Eight Over 80: Elaine Lazar


Elaine Lazar still lives the same way she did as a girl. In her words: “I tried everything that seemed reasonable and didn’t ask anyone’s permission. I still feel that way today.”

Platinum Equity to Acquire Volvo Rents

Platinum Equity on Tuesday said that it has agreed to acquire Volvo Rents from Sweden’s Volvo Group in a deal valued at $1.1 billion.

ValueClick to Sell Web Site Unit

ValueClick Inc. announced late Monday that it has agreed to sell all of its websites to IAC/Interactive Corp., the New York digital media company run by Barry Diller.

Direct Marketing Entrepreneur Russ Reid Dies

Russ Reid, founder of direct marketing firm Russ Reid in Pasadena, died Dec. 7 at his home in Sierra Madre. He was 82 years old.

Earnings Roundup: UTi, Guess, Korn-Ferry

UTi Worldwide Inc. fell to a loss in its fiscal third quarter, largely due to higher expenses, but its adjusted earnings met Wall Street expectations. Guess Inc.reported lower fiscal third quarter earnings and cut its full-year revenue forecast. Korn/Ferry International's fiscal second-quarter net income beat analyst expectations, boosted by growth in the staffing company's leadership and talent consulting business.

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Note for Note

INTERVIEW: Manatt Phelps’ George Kieffer has made time for civic affairs and music while working at the law firm for four decades.

Power broker and Manatt Phelps & Phillips Partner George Kieffer makes sure to spend some of his playtime at the piano.

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Gear Shift

TRANSPORTATION: Camp operator now trafficks in buses as Westside congestion forces parents, schools to seek alternatives

Westside traffic drove summer camp operator Erin Benfield to open a school busing business.

Auto Shopping Website Revs Up IPO Speculation

Internet: Report of TrueCar retaining pair of investment banks fuels talk.

TrueCar is subject of speculation that it may go public.

Days Numbered for Straight Accounting Jobs


Accounting: Donald R. Rudkin encourages future bean counters to learn how the whole business enchilada works.

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Branching Out

Live-tree firm sprouts elsewhere after billionaire buys in

Retail: Living Christmas is growing its tree rental business with a rooting interest from billionaire Mark Cuban.

Jacobs Makes OC Acquisition

Jacobs Engineering Group on Tuesday said that it has acquired the assets an Orange County company that provides pipeline engineering services to the utility and gas industries.

New Name at USC: Roski School of Art and Design

The University of Southern California on Monday said that its USC Roski School of Fine Arts is changing its name to the USC Roski School of Art and Design to better reflect the school’s mission.