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Spark Networks to Pay Fine, Refunds for Automatic Credit Card Renewals

Billing transparency required for Spark dating sites including Jdate and Christian Mingle

Spark Networks USA Inc., the parent company of niche dating sites Christian Mingle and Jdate, has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine and refund nearly $1 million to settle charges from the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office of automatically renewing credit card charges for subscriptions without customers’ consent.

Four L.A. Startups Make Pepperdine’s Most-Fundable List

Four of the top 15 companies that the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School selected as the “most fundable” companies as part of an analysis of thousands of early-stage U.S. companies are based in the Los Angeles region.

CSU Dominguez Hills Receives $4.5M Grant for College-Prep Programs in Compton

California State University, Dominguez Hills has received a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of low-income students in the Compton Unified School District in a program to help preparing them for college, the university announced Oct. 12.

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Women on Boards Will Prove Good for All


Gov. Jerry Brown made history Sept. 30 by signing a bill into law that requires major California-based companies to have female directors on their boards.

LA84’s Playbook


Imagery in ads for the LA84 Foundation Summit at the J.W. Marriott at L.A. LIVE on Oct. 18 hearkened back to the raised-fist, Black Power salutes by sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos during the medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

PAGE 3 | Roll Credits: Spanos to Berkhemer-Credaire

Thomas Speiss specializes in intellectual property at Stradling’s office in Santa Monica, so he knows the value of a good logo

BizFed Opposes 3 Ballot Measures

BizFed Opposes 3 Ballot Measures

BizFed weighs in against trio of ballot measures.

BizFed Name Heads North

ORGANIZATIONS: Brand, model in use by new group

The Los Angeles County Business Federation has launched a franchise venture.

LMU Receives $1M Federal Grant for International Business Education Program

Loyola Marymount University’s College of Business Administration has received a grant of more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Education to expand international business education initiatives over the next four years, the university announced Oct. 10.

Cadiz Promises $5 Million to Mojave Water Systems

Cadiz Inc., the downtown water company with a proposed project to pump and transport water from an aquifer beneath its Mojave Desert land holdings, announced Oct. 5 that it plans to donate up to $5 million from project revenue towards efforts to improve water quality at nearby water systems and throughout Southern California.

What’s Your Sign? Check Again on Prop. 65


A few years ago, a hardware store owner shared the story of how a group of attorneys traveled from San Diego to Los Angeles to visit his store.

Trumped or Swamped?


Put the champagne on ice when it comes to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

PAGE 6: What ‘Multi-Jurisdictional’ Means to City of Angels

Charles Long got into town a few months ago as the Century City-based regional president of BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and he brought some valuable experience from the firm’s Hong Kong office

2-Way Street for Staffing Firms

SERVICES: Plenty of demand, challenge on supply

Temporary placement firms in L.A. see consolidation as gig economy challenges industry.

Prominent Entertainment Litigator Jumps to Quinn Emanuel

Robert Schwartz, who defends some of the world’s largest media and entertainment companies and personalities in litigation, has joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, departing from Irell & Manella.

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