MANUFACTURING: Law firm, rival say toymaker stashed assets.
Creditors allege toymaker Wham-O is playing games to dodge paying its debts.
EMPLOYMENT: Manatt division brings in 18-year industry vet Eunice Shin.
Manatt Digital Media has hired Eunice Shin to head its business consulting services, capping off nearly a year of growth for the new investment and consulting arm of West L.A. law firm Manatt Phelps & Phillips.
FOOD: Duo says rival ice-cream distributor is freezing them out.
Fruit bar makers claim new rival is using its powerful ice-cream distribution network to freeze them out.
LAW: Quinn Emanuel can’t put number on Elie Samaha’s worth.
Quinn Emanuel may be wondering why it repeatedly represented a client who didn’t pay his bills.
INVESTMENT: Firm alleges ex-contractor denting business.
Firm that sells gold to IRAs sues former contractors in a growing but still fringe industry.
INTERNET: Duo launches website to help customers connect with attorneys.
Michael Chasin and Aaron George were fellow students at Loyola Law School when they took a look at the industry they were about to enter and noticed a problem.
investment: Accused claims deal in place for Facebook stock.
INVESTMENT: Investor facing trial in pre-IPO Facebook fraud claims link to $4 billion in Citigroup funding.
There’s one partner at Westwood law firm Liner who’s such an institution that he’s actually written into the terms of the lease.
EMPLOYMENT: Pricier practices saw head counts fall most over last year.
Though there are still firms at the top of L.A.’s legal pyramid with a chokehold on higher-rate work, the industry has been shifting to the middle market.
retail: City ups shop’s alcohol content then bans late-night sales.
RETAIL: La Cañada Flintridge moves to bottle up a 7-Eleven’s alcohol sales at night after requiring the store to carry more booze.
The 7-Eleven on the west side of sleepy La Cañada Flintridge might have a soda fountain and two-for-a-dollar doughnut deals, but don’t call it a convenience store.
sports: AEG plays hardball after former execs team up with rival.
SPORTS: AEG claims that a competitor and departed exec are making a play for its employees.
EMPLOYMENT: Kirkland limits hunt to corporate, private equity hires.
Chicago’s Winston & Strawn has been on a hiring spree in Los Angeles, netting a dozen attorneys in the last year.
InSURANCE: Self-insured group in $80 million hole.
INSURANCE – Member restaurants in self-insured group find it tough to stomach surprise payments to cover debt.
Last summer, Bryan Brown took 100 days off work and did what he says no human has ever done before: paddled the entirety of the Colorado River watershed by himself in a kayak.
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.
EMPLOYMENT: Move by Blank Rome adds 15 lawyers to its Century City office.
Philadelphia’s Blank Rome has absorbed two boutique L.A. firms, its biggest hiring move here since opening an office in Century City nearly five years ago.
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.
Health care: Mann wins $131 million for implant devices.
Health care: Alfred E. Mann Foundation sees its victory in a patent case over implantable hearing devices as a sound judgment.
Technology: Lin Miao gets family loan to keep incubator alive.
Former executive charged in cellphone scheme is allowed to get line on loan from parents to keep his incubator online.
Law: Exit of Marshall Grossman seen as as blow to Bingham.
One of the biggest trial lawyers in Los Angeles has a new home.
As founding partners of their own law firm in Century City, Keith Elkins and Scott Kalt don’t just divvy up attorney pay or recruit new partners. Some days, you’ll find them planning relay races.
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.
Manufacuring: Shares of American Apparel dip after sales fall last month
Manufacturing: Investors check out of American Apparel after another month of declines in same-store sales
Law: Former clients no longer want to foot bill for other case.
Law: Former Cohen & Lord clients have gone on the offense over paying for the defense in another of the firm’s cases.
Sellers may pocket pretty penny with rare half-cent coins.
Auction – Ira and Larry Goldberg expect penny-wise collectors at the sale of rare half-cent coins
Tom Stromberg’s departure from Kaye Scholer is the latest high-profile exit from the New York firm’s L.A. office, which has lost half its partners in six months.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed suit Thursday against a computer software developer, accusing it of supplying Internet cafes in Los Angeles with illegal gambling programs.
Marketing: Mach 18 says firm swiped idea to reach riders.
Marketing – Mach 18 alleges it was steered wrong by a prospective contractor over a plan to reach riders in self-driving cars.
Sports: Clippers’ marketing promotion leads to fan crying foul over text spam.
Sports: Clippers face net loss as a fan files for a class-action suit over spam texts received after a game promotion.
Duo turned to lawsuit to secure proper permit for annual holiday festivity.
Law: High-profile attorneys to party on after filing lawsuit over street access for their annual holiday shindig.
TV: GSN turns to court to salvage offer for mobile bingo business.
TV: Game Show Network’s pursuit of mobile gaming company Bash ends up in court.
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.
LAW: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LAUNCH: Big Law skips trophy space to open virtual Westwood office.
Eli Taban’s new law firm is called Big Law Partners, but if you show up at its Westwood offices, you won’t find any attorneys.
AUTOMOTIVE: ‘Piece-rate’ ruling drives technicians to court.
State court ruling on piece-rate work may drive car technicians to battle with dealerships.
REAL ESTATE: Fight over unpaid debt may squelch development.
Sale of mammoth, high-end lot by trustees didn’t go down well for Herbalife heir Alex Hughes.
Laura Nix Gerson launched MomFairs to raise the job prospects for mothers.
Las Vegas’ Sugar Factory to pop open a new shop in Hollywood complete with a room for bachelorette parties.
GAMBLING: Sheriff may pull plug on games at Internet cafés.
Some Internet cafés are betting that their use of promotional sweepstakes will be judged legal.
BEVERAGES: Former chief of Marley brand boiling over ouster.
A fight is percolating between co-founders Shane Whittle and Rohan Marley over control of their coffee company.
LAW: Former state treasurer will counsel clients on regulatory issues.
Kathleen Brown moved to Chicago from Los Angeles in 2010 not only to pursue a “tremendous business opportunity” as chairman of investment banking in the Midwest for Goldman Sachs, but also to avoid the potential appearance of a conflict of interest.
REAL ESTATE: Agents squabble over celebrity ‘pocket listings.’
Rival agent alleges Ben Bacal had his hand in too many exclusive “pocket listings” of high-priced homes.