LABJ WEEKLY EDITION
TECHNOLOGY: Be Great founder hit with $150 million judgment.
Things not ending well for incubator Be Great after founder hit with $150 million judgment in phone scam.
MotoArt raises bar with new side business at furniture factory.
Furniture maker MotoArt Studios has made room to host events at its funky facility.
Zevia sees tonic water as means to extend reach of brand.
Soda company Zevia looks to get business bubbling with its branded tonic water.
MyLingo lets audience listen to foreign audio track via smartphones.
MyLingo cues up foreign-language audio tracks for movies listened to through an audience member’s phone.
Bryn Mooser’s love for Haiti runs deep.
News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County
Evolve Media, an online publisher in Ladera Heights, has acquired West L.A.’s Total Beauty, a beauty and style website for women that averages 3.5 million views a month.
health care: Telehealth firms hope to go far by allowing doctors to treat patients remotely using smart devices.
Opus Telehealth leverages smart devices to connect patients with long-distance treatment.
BIOTECH: Puma’s stock among beneficiaries of Pharmacyclics acquisition.
Acquisition deal gets investors blood pumping for sector.
Former Dodgers owner talks plans for stadium parking lots, other local ventures
Former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt talks about running the L.A. Marathon (as the boss) and fielding more projects here.
REAL ESTATE: Jade likely to create student housing; fate of popular bar unsure.
Analysts see property near USC easily making the grade as a student housing project.
TRANSPORT: Litigation against proposal by BNSF may hurt Union Pacific plan.
Long Beach-area opposition could wreck two railroads’ plans for yards near the ports.
FILM: Charles Spencer spins bloody pitch for movie of ancestor King Charles I.
Princess Diana’s brother is looking to break into the movie business.
SHIPPING: System aims to reduce expense, time of finding, using trailers.
For months, truckers at the local ports had trouble finding enough of the trailers used to haul cargo around the harbor.
DIAGNOSTIC: RadNet picks Arab country for company’s first overseas expansion.
Radnet Inc. has operated medical imaging centers in California, Florida and New Jersey. Now, it’s going to Qatar.
INVESTMENT: Industrial park in Suzhou tapped for Wilshire Associates outpost.
A lot of Chinese money has come to Los Angeles in recent years. Now, a big local money-management firm is heading east, seeing opportunities in China.
Last week’s major news from labusinessjournal.com and other sources
The PGA will hold this year’s Grand Slam of Golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes after signing a deal with the course this week.
Drive for dealmaking a badge of honor for exec known for long hours, support of Scouting.
Real estate executive John Cushman’s diligence has earned him his due as a downtown L.A. dealmaker.
Calendar of events
ACQUISITIONS: Pair of multifamily pickups put power of market on display.
The Santa Monica multifamily market remains hot.
Raising the minimum wage will help make Los Angeles an easier place to live, says Clifford P. Goldstein.
FOOD: Sibling fight over business pushes State Fish into Chapter 11.
Siblings’ angling over fishing business after father’s death has capsized State Fish Co.
OhCal Foods rides acquisition to No. 1 in Subway franchising
Acquisition delivers the Subway franchise crown to OhCal Foods – and potentially a lot more bread.
APPAREL: Failure to integrate Hudson wears hole in Joe’s stock.
Joe’s Jeans has sown discord and stock drama with its slow integration of Hudson Clothing’s operations.
Latham & Watkins shows it means business by scooping up most of O’Melveny & Myers’ entertainment unit.
Stitch sees silver lining in becoming national chain for tailoring services.
Alterations shop Stitch tailors its business for nationwide expansion.