The 7-Eleven on the west side of sleepy La Cañada Flintridge might have a soda fountain and two-for-a-dollar doughnut deals, but don’t call it a convenience store.
sports: AEG plays hardball after former execs team up with rival.
SPORTS: AEG claims that a competitor and departed exec are making a play for its employees.
InSURANCE: Self-insured group in $80 million hole.
INSURANCE – Member restaurants in self-insured group find it tough to stomach surprise payments to cover debt.
EMPLOYMENT: Kirkland limits hunt to corporate, private equity hires.
Chicago’s Winston & Strawn has been on a hiring spree in Los Angeles, netting a dozen attorneys in the last year.
Last summer, Bryan Brown took 100 days off work and did what he says no human has ever done before: paddled the entirety of the Colorado River watershed by himself in a kayak.
FOOD: Middleman says he was boxed out by Trader Joe’s.
Broker of peanut butter-filled pretzels claims he’s left holding bags after Trader Joe’s conspired with supplier.
ENERGY: Former oil exec tries to make case to recover billions.
U.S. courts may be powerless to help oil magnate Tiangang Sun recover billions he claims he is owed by China.
EMPLOYMENT: Move by Blank Rome adds 15 lawyers to its Century City office.
Philadelphia’s Blank Rome has absorbed two boutique L.A. firms, its biggest hiring move here since opening an office in Century City nearly five years ago.
Health care: Mann wins $131 million for implant devices.
Health care: Alfred E. Mann Foundation sees its victory in a patent case over implantable hearing devices as a sound judgment.
Law: Exit of Marshall Grossman seen as as blow to Bingham.
One of the biggest trial lawyers in Los Angeles has a new home.
Technology: Lin Miao gets family loan to keep incubator alive.
Former executive charged in cellphone scheme is allowed to get line on loan from parents to keep his incubator online.
As founding partners of their own law firm in Century City, Keith Elkins and Scott Kalt don’t just divvy up attorney pay or recruit new partners. Some days, you’ll find them planning relay races.
Law: Creditors of jailed lawyer Justin Lee file as feds probe.
Clients claiming they were defrauded by lawyer Justin Lee, now in jail and awaiting trial in South Korea, have asked for a trustee to take over his assets.
Law: Former clients no longer want to foot bill for other case.
Law: Former Cohen & Lord clients have gone on the offense over paying for the defense in another of the firm’s cases.
Manufacuring: Shares of American Apparel dip after sales fall last month
Manufacturing: Investors check out of American Apparel after another month of declines in same-store sales
Sellers may pocket pretty penny with rare half-cent coins.
Auction – Ira and Larry Goldberg expect penny-wise collectors at the sale of rare half-cent coins
Tom Stromberg’s departure from Kaye Scholer is the latest high-profile exit from the New York firm’s L.A. office, which has lost half its partners in six months.
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.
Marketing: Mach 18 says firm swiped idea to reach riders.
Marketing – Mach 18 alleges it was steered wrong by a prospective contractor over a plan to reach riders in self-driving cars.
Sports: Clippers’ marketing promotion leads to fan crying foul over text spam.
Sports: Clippers face net loss as a fan files for a class-action suit over spam texts received after a game promotion.
Duo turned to lawsuit to secure proper permit for annual holiday festivity.
Law: High-profile attorneys to party on after filing lawsuit over street access for their annual holiday shindig.
TV: GSN turns to court to salvage offer for mobile bingo business.
TV: Game Show Network’s pursuit of mobile gaming company Bash ends up in court.
Employment: L.A. office of Hogan Lovells works to restaff after merger
Since Washington’s Hogan & Hartson merged with London’s Lovells in 2010 to form Hogan Lovells, the firm’s L.A. office has struggled to hold on to attorneys, dropping to about 20 at one point from about 50.
Zabi Kator launched firm to fill need for guard services on short-term basis.
Security: Zabi Kator launched Guardnow with short-term service as its brief
Investment: SEC charges Velocity, owner in Ponzi scheme.
Investment SEC pursues Velocity Investment Group for alleged Ponzi scheme that could be one of L.A.’s largest.
LAW: Norton brings in David Ben-Meir to grow IP practice.
When London’s Norton Rose and Houston’s Fulbright & Jaworski merged in June to form Norton Rose Fulbright, the new firm’s downtown L.A. office was hit with significant exits. It quickly lost one-fifth of its attorneys, including the heads of its local health care, and labor and employment groups, to rival firms
Law: Litigation funding firms say
Law: Litigation finance firms court investors to fund commercial cases with potentially hefty rates of return.
Real Estate: Projects draw ‘low-income’ maps to tap EB-5.
Critics say developers have mapped out a means to tap a program that was meant to boost low-employment areas.
Manufacturing: BYD hires Paul Hastings to help with abuse allegations.
Manufacturing: Electric bus maker BYD hires L.A. law firm to handle accusations of workplace abuse.
Automotive: Balqon yet to turn around electric fleet’s fortunes.
Balqon continues to spin its wheels as financial woes mount for the L.A. port-hired maker of electric trucks.
DINING: Rise in earnings for Cheesecake Factory defies industry trend.
Cheesecake Factory serves up a surprising rise in earnings as the rest of the sector struggles.
Real Estate: New rule lets developers swap out car spaces.
City of L.A.’s new bike-parking requirements let some projects put the brakes on more expensive car spaces.
LAUNCH: Big Law skips trophy space to open virtual Westwood office.
Eli Taban’s new law firm is called Big Law Partners, but if you show up at its Westwood offices, you won’t find any attorneys.
AUTOMOTIVE: ‘Piece-rate’ ruling drives technicians to court.
State court ruling on piece-rate work may drive car technicians to battle with dealerships.
REAL ESTATE: Fight over unpaid debt may squelch development.
Sale of mammoth, high-end lot by trustees didn’t go down well for Herbalife heir Alex Hughes.
Laura Nix Gerson launched MomFairs to raise the job prospects for mothers.
Las Vegas’ Sugar Factory to pop open a new shop in Hollywood complete with a room for bachelorette parties.
GAMBLING: Sheriff may pull plug on games at Internet cafés.
Some Internet cafés are betting that their use of promotional sweepstakes will be judged legal.
BEVERAGES: Former chief of Marley brand boiling over ouster.
A fight is percolating between co-founders Shane Whittle and Rohan Marley over control of their coffee company.
LAW: Former state treasurer will counsel clients on regulatory issues.
Kathleen Brown moved to Chicago from Los Angeles in 2010 not only to pursue a “tremendous business opportunity” as chairman of investment banking in the Midwest for Goldman Sachs, but also to avoid the potential appearance of a conflict of interest.
REAL ESTATE: Agents squabble over celebrity ‘pocket listings.’
Rival agent alleges Ben Bacal had his hand in too many exclusive “pocket listings” of high-priced homes.
EMPLOYMENT: Work for car company lands lawyer position at Skadden Arps.
When Toyota Motor Corp. was able to put an end to most claims related to unintended accelerations with a settlement valued at up to $1.6 billion last year, it marked a milestone for Toyota lead counsel Lisa Gilford.
CLOTHING: Analysts back American Apparel despite disappointing quarter.
Rough quarter punishes American Apparel shares but analysts say the stock will wear well.
EMPLOYMENT: Buckley picks up Dykema pair for Santa Monica office.
BuckleySandler LLP is only four years old, but the upstart Washington, D.C., firm has landed two heavy hitters in its Santa Monica office with the addition of Richard Gottlieb and Fredrick Levin from Detroit’s Dykema Gossett PLLC.
HEALTH CARE: SEC and FDA concerns leave future fuzzy for medical device maker Imaging3 as it leaves bankruptcy.
Medical device maker Imaging3’s prognosis looks hazy with looming SEC and FDA issues.
LAW: Immigration attorney drew money from green-card hopefuls.
South Korea arrests L.A. immigration attorney in alleged investment fraud involving green-card program. (Sidebar: Other EB-5 investment projects have collapsed from legal trouble. Page 42.)
Chamber wins court case to stop German shop from using trademarked icons.
Chamber lowers curtain on German shop looking to trade on trademarked Hollywood imagery.
INVESTMENT: Ray Irani sues friend over megamansion mess.
Ousted oil exec Ray Irani says he’s owed millions for pumping up his friend’s real estate business.
FILM: RealD shares fall after format’s lost luster yields slow ticket sales.
3-D technology company RealD loses investors’ focus after disappointing box-office performance.
HEALTH CARE: Trustee says accountant botched the books.
Downey hospital nursing sale while alleging its problems were caused by faulty accounting.
EMPLOYMENT: Recently merged Norton Rose loses 11 lawyers to competitors.
London’s Norton Rose Fulbright has lost 11 attorneys in its downtown L.A. office to rival firms this month, including the heads of its L.A. labor and employment and health care practices.