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Permira Completes LegalZoom Investment

London private equity firm Permira has a $200 million investment LegalZoom.com Inc., making it the largest shareholder of the Glendale legal services company.

Lenders Group to Acquire Classic Party Rentals

Inglewood event rental and services provider Classic Party Rentals Inc. has said it signed an agreement to sell most of its business to a newly established entity owned by the company’s lenders.

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Internet Platform Seeks Lift From New HQ, Exec

EXPANSION: Airpush adds Google vet Matt Shaw to newly opened Venice office.

Mobile advertising platform Airpush Inc. continues its growth with the opening of its Venice headquarters and the hiring of former Google Inc. exec Matt Shaw.

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Pretzel Supplier Alleges Twisted Tale

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.

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Gay Exec Now Tackling NFL

PR: Howard Bragman guided Michael Sam’s coming out.

When Michael Sam sat down with ESPN and the New York Times to announce that he was gay, the Missouri football star and NFL draft prospect certainly got attention.

Earnings Roundup: Cheesecake, ReachLocal

Cheesecake Factory Inc. posted rising fourth quarter profit on Wednesday but said extreme winter weather cut into its same-store sales. Shares of ReachLocal Inc. dropped nearly 15 percent following the announcement of widening losses in the quarter.

Jacobs Acquires Houston Engineering Firm

Pasadena’s Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has expanded its presence in Houston and the energy market with the acquisition of oil and gas pipeline specialist Eagleton Engineering.

Tycoon Courts U.S. in China Fight

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.

Cal Lutheran Launching Business Incubator

California Lutheran University is opening an off-campus business incubator this summer in Westlake Village as part of an expansion of its School of Management, the college announced on Thursday.

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Doughnut Company Sees Holes to Fill in SoCal

Food: Krispy Kreme’s area franchisee plans to open 20 shops in next seven years.

Krispy Kreme plans to go hole hog in Southern California with 20 new stores.

Firm Fails to Make Case to Retain Trial Lawyer

Law: Exit of Marshall Grossman seen as as blow to Bingham.

One of the biggest trial lawyers in Los Angeles has a new home.

Small businesses will benefit from raising pay for hotel workers.

OP-ED: Two Views

Reiko Roberts and Michael Saltsman check in with opposing points on a city of L.A. proposal to raise the minimum wage for hotel workers to $15 an hour. - Pro

San Jose’s minimum-wage increase a cautionary tale for Los Angeles.

OP-ED: Two Views

Two Views: Reiko Roberts and Michael Saltsman check in with opposing points on a city of L.A. proposal to raise the minimum wage for hotel workers to $15 an hour. - Con

Local Krispy Kreme Franchisee Plans Major Expansion

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. on Tuesday announced that its longtime Southern California franchisee plans to develop 20 new doughnut shops in the region in the next seven years.

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Trustee Sought In EB-5 Case

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.