Los Angeles Business Journal

LABJ WEEKLY EDITION

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Founder: Boutique Chain Undone by Legal Ties

RETAIL: Ross Fraser goes after former representation for collapse of his Kitson.

Kitson founder Fraser Ross says his former lawyers and chain’s ex-CEO busted his business and cost him millions.

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Hyperloop on Wrong Track?

Departed executives allege Hyperloop One working in leadership vacuum.

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Video-Game Firm Has Score to Settle Over Mods

ENTERTAINMENT: Suit by Blizzard says product hacks cost millions in revenue.

Video-game company Blizzard looks to play rough with developers of hacking mods.

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3-D Printers Could Shape Future for Toymaker

MANUFACTURING: Mattel pitches pricey device for use at home by children.

Toy giant Mattel makes a play for creative kids with pricey 3-D printers to be used at home.

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Trucking Firms Suspect Amnesty Won’t Deliver

SHIPPING: Employers in drive classification fight give state program a pass.

Trucking firms facing fines over driver misclassification are steering clear of an amnesty program.

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Maker of Body Cameras Sought Lift From LAPD

TECHNOLOGY: Wolfcom says selection process hurt shot at big business boost.

Wolfcom had hoped to nab the LAPD body camera contract for an image and business boost.

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Best-Of Edition Ranks as Magazine’s Top Seller

PUBLISHING: Los Angeles hits annual sales high with curious category salutes.

Swimsuits – and ranked lists – sell magazines.

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Streaming Service Takes Break on Traditional Ads

INTERNET: Crackle to run fixed-time commercials with show-related content.

Crackle, a multiplatform streaming service from Sony Entertainment, has implemented a new advertising model designed to keep viewers more engaged during commercials.

L.A. Live Operator Throws Hat in Ring with Headwear Maker

L.A. Live has tipped its cap to a new business partner.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Rebuilding Blueprints

Specter of city of L.A. voter initiative that would impose construction restrictions for two years has spurred some property developers to speed up, reposition, or postpone projects.

Fear of a proposed initiative restricting construction projects has real estate firms redrawing their plans for the city of Los Angeles.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Rental Rates Rise as Office Vacancies Dip

Office vacancy rates in Los Angeles County tightened slightly in the second quarter, with rental rates reaching record peaks.

SPECIAL REPORT: Main events in L.A.’s submarkets in the second quarter.

Main submarket events in the second quarter.

Calendar

Calendar of events

Conventions

Upcoming conventions

Measure’s Shaky Foundation

The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative seeking to land on next year’s ballot is laying a weak foundation.

Still Only Human

Well-prepared employees remain middle-market companies’ best defense against attacks by hackers.

Michael A. Gold touts informed employees as middle-market firms’ first line of defense against online attacks.

County Department to Work on Wage Transitions

Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs aims to help workers and bosses navigate new minimum-wage rules, writes Brian J. Stiger.

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Chain Harnesses Fish’s Raw Power for Expansion

DINING: Sweetfin Poké angles sushi-like dish for mass market.

Co-owners of Sweetfin Poké cooked up the raw fish chain with the goal of scaling up quickly.

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Apparel Maker Folds Schedule

CLOTHING: Hale Bob drops calendar for see now, buy now.

Hale Bob has decided it’s time to ditch seasonal apparel rollouts for a see now, buy now approach.

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Net Gains

Festival events flesh out beach volleyball series

Asics World Series of Beach Volleyball organizers have spiked the event with added attractions.

Philanthropy Builds Up At L.A. Mission

PCL Construction renovates restroom for Skid Row institution.

PCL Construction gives, and Los Angeles Mission receives, a new restroom.

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Design Studio Has New Plan For Property

Woo hopes to convert spare room at store into space for artists.

Design studio and boutique Woo pitches shop space as home for artistic pursuits.

Attorney Pours It On

Ellie Altshuler, an associate at law firm Nixon Peabody downtown, spends her workday helping entertainment and fashion companies. She also runs her own business on the side.

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A Look Ahead: What’s on the agenda for Los Angeles business in the coming week

EVENTS: Comic-Con real draw for Hollywood with its nerd consumer power.

Legions of fans and journalists along with L.A.-area entertainment executives and Hollywood stars will soon flood into San Diego for the influential annual pop culture festival Comic-Con International.

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Calling for Change

FreedomPop, textPlus see low-cost, free services as ways to connect with cellphone customers.

A pair of local firms aim to get a line on cellphone customers with low-cost and free offers.

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Water Company Faces Double Trouble in Court

UTILITY: American States fights to retain subsidiary; pushes for rate increase.

Two looming legal decisions for its subsidiaries could sink business for American States Water.