REAL ESTATE: City files suit that could halt move of Nordstrom to Torrance.
Redondo Beach makes waves with lawsuit to block Nordstrom relocation to Del Amo mall.
COMMUNICATIONS: Old technology gives new life to J2.
Fax firm J2 sends stock climbing with Internet moves and diversification steps.
EMPLOYMENT: Latest hire brings Alston’s local attorney tally to 85.
The addition of James R. Evans Jr. to the downtown L.A. office of Alston & Bird LLP marks another sign of the Atlanta firm’s aggressive growth plans here.
LAW: LegalZoom lawyers up as rivals move into market.
Online document provider LegalZoom gets on its rival’s case.
Skechers steps up its comeback as fallout ebbs from its controversial toning shoes.
ELECTRONICS: Shares of DTS fall while company pursues growth strategy.
Stock value falls as audio technology company DTS sounds out expansion strategy.
EXPANSION: O’Melveny and Paul Hastings latest to open outposts in Seoul.
Two more major L.A. firms launched offices this month in South Korea, which has opened its borders to U.S. firms after the recent passage of a free-trade agreement.
Firms: Real estate law veteran Volpert, 77, starts work with Glaser Weil.
At 77 years old, real estate attorney Dick Volpert is past the age when most law firms would be expected to jockey for his services.
When George Pla joined the board of the California Science Center 15 years ago, he never envisioned that it would one day lead to him walking in front of the space shuttle Endeavour along Crenshaw Boulevard.
REAL ESTATE: Developer hit with three foreclosures.
Developer Alan Casden has lost three office buildings to foreclosure – including his headquarters.
American Express’ addition to the prepaid debit card business subtracts from Green Dot’s share value.
OpenX hires incubator veteran with IPO expertise.
Pasadena’s OpenX Technologies Inc. has added Douglas McPherson as its chief legal officer, another big step for a rapidly growing company that might be heading toward an initial public offering.
Hospitality: Slump has Giggles N’ Hugs frowning.
Lack of funding has starved growth plans for high-end kids eatery Giggles N’ Hugs.
City of L.A. sues to pin site cleanup on ex-owners
Former owners of steel distributorship hope to iron out clean-up responsibility with city of Los Angeles.
Plaintiff’s attorney Michael Alder’s combative style yielded
Plaintiff’s attorney Michael Alder’s combative style has earned him groupies and millions of dollars in verdicts.
BIOTECH: FDA snub pushes Imaging3 into bankruptcy.
Imaging3 files for bankruptcy as its 3-D imaging system has yet to take shape.
Burbank medical device company Imaging3 Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company announced.
VIDEO GAMES: ‘Darksiders’ casts pall over THQ’s future.
Analysts are talking apocalypse after THQ’s Four Horsemen title fails to score.
REGULATION: Industry group driving against city laws
Food truck group rolls into court to challenge city restrictions on service.
Business speaker series picks Gensler’s designer space to host talks.
Business speaker series has designs on Gensler’s stylish new downtown L.A. office.
Two years ago, food trucks famously clashed with restaurants and local politicians over where they could park on the Miracle Mile. Today, that seems like a grammar school food fight.
Death of parents sets off fight over big oil company.
Steven Roth, once a high-profile Hollywood player, is fighting his brothers for control of the family oil business.
REAL ESTATE: KB Home investors challenge exec pay.
REAL ESTATE: Investors in money-losing KB Home have put out the unwelcome mat for executives’ pay packages.
To get a sense of the struggles at KB Home, look no further than the second quarter loss it reported this summer. The company’s performance has spilled over into shareholder anger over executive pay, including a recently filed lawsuit.
More than 30 years ago, Terry L. Karges was feeling burned out from a career working in theme parks such as Disneyland and Sea World.
Green card-for-startup program draws capital – and critics
INVESTMENT: Some foreign investors are giving small businesses a go to get green cards under the EB-5 program – which has drawn critics.
Cooley LLP opens six-attorney office in Santa Monica.
Silicon Valley law firm Cooley LLP’s opening of a Santa Monica office is the latest sign that the L.A. tech sector is gaining notice elsewhere in the country.
Dodgers look to score multibillion TV-rights deal and sponsorships to pay for improvements to team, stadium.
Dodgers President Stan Kasten goes to bat for the new ownership’s business plans for the team.
Industry giant ponders spinning off packaged products.
Dole could be looking to seal up a deal for its fast-growing prepackaged product business.
Bingham reduces office at Water Garden to 19,000 square feet.
Three months after Miami-based Greenberg Traurig LLP left Santa Monica’s Water Garden office complex for Century City, Boston’s Bingham McCutchen LLP has reduced its footprint in that same facility.
TELEVISION: Investors rip focus of Korean media giant.
In January of last year, attorney Sanford H. Perliss felt a sudden urge to start telling his old stories again – much to the chagrin of his 15-year-old son.
The market for small business sales in the Los Angeles area softened in the second quarter in yet another indicator of a weakening economy, according to data from website BizBuySell.com.
Umami chain turns up the legal heat on former employees’ rival Fusion burger joint.
EMPLOYMENT: Jones Day nabs Beong-Soo Kim for issues and appeals.
As chief of the major frauds section in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, Beong-Soo Kim oversaw the prosecutions of former KB Home executive Bruce Karatz, bankrupt baseball slugger Lenny Dykstra and the bankrupt real estate mogul Ezri Namvar.
Though demand has yet to fully recover from the downturn, the Westside office market posted its best average vacancy rates and asking rents in more than two years.
Non-profit: County denies condom-fueled feud with AHF.
NON-PROFIT: AIDS Healthcare Foundation courts controversy by filing suits against L.A. County.
ValueClick shares fall as exchange system surges.
Investors have broken links with ad “network” ValueClick as “exchanges” have scooped up online business.
Aggressive attorney Louis R. ‘Skip’ Miller says forget trying to make a case for his sensitive side.
Attorney Louis R. “Skip” Miller courts tough cases, whether defending the city of L.A. from Rodney King or wrangling with his former firm over compensation.
Managed care provider Molina could get shot in the arm from further Medicaid expansion.
Pair tap CEQA to bury Metro project.
Downtown L.A. property owners court controversy by filing CEQA suits to challenge Metro subway project.
Katten’s new partners to launch second L.A. outpost.
The Century City office of Chicago’s Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP just landed three new partners – but they won’t be there long.
SPECIAL REPORT: Executive Compensation
Pair of local non-CEOs bring in the highest executive pay.
SPECIAL REPORT: Executive Compensation
Most CEOs of local companies are taking home more even as shareholders look to rein in pay.
Harbor Freight alleges lumber business stole trade secrets.
Harbor Freight Tools hopes to build case against alleged employee-poaching flooring company.
Rivals rush in to grab high-profile talent from flopped firms.
Collapsed firms can offer rivals their pick of top legal talent and sometimes entry into the tight L.A. market.
SPECIAL SECTION: Wealthiest Angelenos 2012 - L.A.’s wealthiest residents saw their fortunes sway with the stock market this year. In the end, they reaped some ‘small’ million-dollar gains.
L.A.’s wealthiest saw modest gains after years of wild swings.
Mickey Kantor helps Mayer Brown
Since ending his tenure as California’s attorney general in 1991, John Van de Kamp had worked as an attorney at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP’s downtown L.A. office. But when the New York firm’s financial troubles began making headlines, friends at other law firms reached out to offer him a place to land.
SPECIAL SECTION: Wealthiest Angelenos 2012 - L.A. Hair care mogul Talks about moving to Texas
Hair care billionaire and Texas resident John Paul DeJoria says keeping his business in L.A. is a “family” issue.
Lender fight entangles Beverly Hills HQ.
Alan Casden’s’ latest lender dispute could cost the developer his Beverly Hills headquarters.