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.
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.
AUTOMOTIVE: ‘Piece-rate’ ruling drives technicians to court.
State court ruling on piece-rate work may drive car technicians to battle with dealerships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EMPLOYMENT: Work for car company lands lawyer position at Skadden Arps.
When Toyota Motor Corp. was able to put an end to most claims related to unintended accelerations with a settlement valued at up to $1.6 billion last year, it marked a milestone for Toyota lead counsel Lisa Gilford.
CLOTHING: Analysts back American Apparel despite disappointing quarter.
Rough quarter punishes American Apparel shares but analysts say the stock will wear well.
EMPLOYMENT: Buckley picks up Dykema pair for Santa Monica office.
BuckleySandler LLP is only four years old, but the upstart Washington, D.C., firm has landed two heavy hitters in its Santa Monica office with the addition of Richard Gottlieb and Fredrick Levin from Detroit’s Dykema Gossett PLLC.
HEALTH CARE: SEC and FDA concerns leave future fuzzy for medical device maker Imaging3 as it leaves bankruptcy.
Medical device maker Imaging3’s prognosis looks hazy with looming SEC and FDA issues.
LAW: Immigration attorney drew money from green-card hopefuls.
South Korea arrests L.A. immigration attorney in alleged investment fraud involving green-card program. (Sidebar: Other EB-5 investment projects have collapsed from legal trouble. Page 42.)
Chamber wins court case to stop German shop from using trademarked icons.
Chamber lowers curtain on German shop looking to trade on trademarked Hollywood imagery.
FILM: RealD shares fall after format’s lost luster yields slow ticket sales.
3-D technology company RealD loses investors’ focus after disappointing box-office performance.
INVESTMENT: Ray Irani sues friend over megamansion mess.
Ousted oil exec Ray Irani says he’s owed millions for pumping up his friend’s real estate business.
EMPLOYMENT: Recently merged Norton Rose loses 11 lawyers to competitors.
London’s Norton Rose Fulbright has lost 11 attorneys in its downtown L.A. office to rival firms this month, including the heads of its L.A. labor and employment and health care practices.
HEALTH CARE: Trustee says accountant botched the books.
Downey hospital nursing sale while alleging its problems were caused by faulty accounting.
Catalina hotel fights Avalon for more golf carts
Feud over golf cart permits slowly picks up speed as a Catalina hotel takes Avalon’s City Council to court.
Aviation: Developer says he has deal to sell airport operation.
Robert Maguire says he has landed a buyer for his debt-wracked Van Nuys Airport business.
Prominent developer Alan Casden has won a court ruling against a former partner seeking to recoup losses from a real estate venture gone south.
REAL ESTATE: Future up in air for property and owner.
New York hotel developer might be taking off from foreclosure-facing property near LAX.
TAXES: Broadreach says previous owners should pay taxes on WeHo ‘wallscape.’
Landlord of office-retail complex wants previous owners to pay property tax on “wallscape” ad space.
HEALTH CARE: Shareholders fight execs over Avanti’s money.
Investors in Avanti Hospitals accuse executives of doctoring finances to their benefit.
EXPANSION: Latham hire Dan Burnham will focus on early stage companies.
L.A.’s largest firm by revenue is moving further into the growing local startup scene.
Bruce P. Jeffer’s conservative approach over 30 years has turned his law firm into one of L.A.’s most profitable.
Lawyer Bruce P. Jeffer works to catch magic in a bottle as an avid wine collector.
APPAREL: But company’s future still tied to prospects of European recovery.
Investors see Guess may be on the road to a turnaround. But its European market is still a problem.
Real Estate: Developer’s terms too much for investor.
Partnership is left with little room for comfort when the two parties vacate apartment deal.
DINING: CPK looks to ax longtime relationship as part of cost cutting.
California Pizza Kitchen looks to shake soda deal with Pepsi as part of the chain’s cost-cutting strategy.
LAUNCH: Jerry Oshinsky, Linda Kornfeld open Kasowitz Benson office.
New York firm Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP has poached two of the region’s most renowned insurance recovery litigators to start an L.A. office.
SPECIAL REPORT: Wealthiest Angelenos
Soaring stocks made up the lion’s share of surging portfolios.
REAL ESTATE: Neighbors knock using condos for business.
Some condo homeowners associations are trying to stop residents from using their units as offices.
INVESTIGATION: State Bar could take more steps against Gene W. Choe.
Gene W. Choe, founder of what was once one of the city’s largest law firms fighting home foreclosures, has been ruled ineligible to practice law in California pending further disciplinary hearings.
Special Report: Toxic Prop
Proposition 65 attorneys take lion’s share of payouts in some settlements.
El Segundo skin care company Murad Inc. announced Tuesday that it would move its global headquarters to a larger space within city limits.
TECHNOLOGY: Customer Southwest Traders seeks compensation from DAZ.
Software installer DAZ faces hefty lawsuit from food firm that claims its services weren’t up to code.
INSURANCE: Operators moving faster than coverage.
Food trucks can face problems with policies that fail to cover their use as mobile kitchens.
APPAREL: Litigious Guess co-founder fights bankruptcy.
Failure to button up his litigious behavior might cost Guess Jeans co-founder Georges Marciano much of his fortune.
EXPANSION: Dentons sees latest merger as way to grow specialties.
The downtown L.A. office of Chicago’s Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal saw its attorney count fall to 30 from more than 70 in a 12-month period ended in spring 2009, due to a combination of departures and layoffs.
LAW: Bankrupt Gene W. Choe also faces possible loss of license.
State Bar homes in on attorney whose firm boomed then busted handling foreclosure cases.