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Brian Kabateck Sues Celebrity Lawyer Mark Geragos Over Airplane Ownership

Two prominent L.A. attorneys and business venture partners – plaintiffs’ lawyer and L.A. County Bar Association President-elect Brian Kabateck and celebrity defense attorney Mark Geragos – are locked in a legal battle over a private airplane they jointly own. Kabateck filed suit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking at least $10 million in damages from Geragos for breach of contract over the plane, a Cessna Citation Jet Model 525 the two jointly purchased in 2014.

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Beachbody Agrees to Pay $3.6 Million to Settle Case Over Automatic Credit Card Renewals

Santa Monica weight loss and supplement company Beachbody has agreed to pay $3.6 million to settle a lawsuit from the city of Santa Monica over automatic credit card renewals, city officials announced Tuesday.

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Westin Long Beach Hotel Sold for $84.8 Million

The Westin Long Beach hotel sold for about $84.8 million this month, a loss of almost $4 million from the last time it changed hands in 2006, according to real estate data firm Real Capital Analytics Inc.

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Taste of Nature Announces Licensing Deal with Mrs. Fields Cookies

Santa Monica-based Taste of Nature Inc. announced a new licensing partnership with Famous Brands International, the parent company of Mrs. Fields cookies.

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Port of Long Beach Sets Emissions Reduction Record

The Port of Long Beach reduced its air pollution levels in 2016 by a record amount as it moves toward a goal of zero emissions, according to a study released this week.

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Crystal Clearance

Mystic Journey gallery among businesses boosted by ‘healy-feely’ industry.

Crystal dealers have seen prices rise as more Americans take a shine to New Age practices.

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Grocery Delivery Service Adds More to Basket

Instacart expands coverage in Los Angeles amid push to draw shoppers online.

The fight for grocery delivery dominance is heating up as Instacart moves to bolster its L.A.-area presence.

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Restaurant Data Software Firm Bridg Raises $11 Million

West L.A. restaurant data software startup Bridg said Wednesday it raised $11 million in a Series B funding round.

German Grocer Aldi Partners with Instacart to Offer Delivery in L.A.

The stakes of the grocery delivery wars have just been raised. German discount grocer Aldi Inc. announced Monday that it plans to debut a grocery delivery service through Instacart in Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta later this month. Aldi, which mainly sells products with its own label, has almost 1,700 stores in 35 states, according to a press release. About 15 of its stores are in L.A. County.

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Amateur Golfers Drive Commercial Opportunities

Organizers of championship event point out its pull with big names from business.

There was more than this year’s trophy at stake when top amateur golfers from around the world descended on the L.A. area for last week’s U.S. Amateur Championship jointly hosted by the Riviera Country Club and Bel-Air Country Club.

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Pico Rivera Baking Company BakeMark USA Sold

Major Pico Rivera-based baking supply and distribution company BakeMark USA was acquired on Monday by London-based investment manager Pamplona Capital.

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15-Acre USC Village to Open Thursday

The student-housing hub called USC Village, one of the largest developments ever built in South Los Angeles, is set to open to fanfare Thursday.

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Public Charter Operator JetSuiteX to Launch Burbank-San Jose Service

Irvine-based air public charter operator JetSuiteX announced Wednesday it will start service next month from Hollywood Burbank Airport to San Jose International Airport.

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Meal Kit Service Chef’d Raises $25 Million from Smithfield Foods Inc.

El Segundo-based meal kit delivery service Chef’d has raised $25 million from Smithfield, Va., pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc., the investor announced Monday.

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German Grocer Aldi Partners with Instacart to Offer Delivery in Los Angeles

German discount grocer Aldi Inc. announced Monday that it plans to debut a grocery delivery service through Instacart in Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta later this month. Aldi, which mainly sells products with its own label, has almost 1,700 stores in 35 states, according to a press release. About 15 of its stores are in L.A. County.

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