Employment: L.A. office of Hogan Lovells works to restaff after merger
Since Washington’s Hogan & Hartson merged with London’s Lovells in 2010 to form Hogan Lovells, the firm’s L.A. office has struggled to hold on to attorneys, dropping to about 20 at one point from about 50.
Zabi Kator launched firm to fill need for guard services on short-term basis.
Security: Zabi Kator launched Guardnow with short-term service as its brief
Investment: SEC charges Velocity, owner in Ponzi scheme.
Investment SEC pursues Velocity Investment Group for alleged Ponzi scheme that could be one of L.A.’s largest.
Recruitment: Norton brings in David Ben-Meir to grow IP practice.
When London’s Norton Rose and Houston’s Fulbright & Jaworski merged in June to form Norton Rose Fulbright, the new firm’s downtown L.A. office was hit with significant exits. It quickly lost one-fifth of its attorneys, including the heads of its local health care, and labor and employment groups, to rival firms
Law: Litigation funding firms say
Law: Litigation finance firms court investors to fund commercial cases with potentially hefty rates of return.
Manufacturing: BYD hires Paul Hastings to help with abuse allegations.
Manufacturing: Electric bus maker BYD hires L.A. law firm to handle accusations of workplace abuse.
Real Estate: Projects draw ‘low-income’ maps to tap EB-5.
Critics say developers have mapped out a means to tap a program that was meant to boost low-employment areas.
DINING: Rise in earnings for Cheesecake Factory defies industry trend.
Cheesecake Factory serves up a surprising rise in earnings as the rest of the sector struggles.
Automotive: Balqon yet to turn around electric fleet’s fortunes.
Balqon continues to spin its wheels as financial woes mount for the L.A. port-hired maker of electric trucks.
Real Estate: New rule lets developers swap out car spaces.
City of L.A.’s new bike-parking requirements let some projects put the brakes on more expensive car spaces.