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NONPROFIT: New projects follow Nicolas Berggruen’s focus on governance.
Nicolas Berggruen discusses how his institute’s focus on governance guided him to establish a new center and $1 million prize.
Santa Monica’s Berggruen Institute, headed by billionaire investor and philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen, on Wednesday announced the launch of a new division of the think tank that will be dedicated to examining different cultures.
PUBLICITY: Firm beefs up events, egos with paid players.
Crowds on Demand has found real support as a third-party provider of actors to portray picketers and backers of political causes.
Pretty Litter changes color to help track if feline’s feeling fine.
Carly Martinetti thinks inside box with her colored kitty litter that helps track a cat’s health.
SHIPPING: UTi Worldwide sees shares tumble after another weak quarter.
Shares of UTi Worldwide fall as the logistics firm loses its way with investors.
Domain-name firm Minds + Machines Group hopes attorneys and law firms judge dot-law a good fit.
ANALYTICS: Zev Eigen to add data-driven evaluations to Littler Mendelson.
Zev Eigen never thought he’d end up working at a traditional law firm again after he decided in 2005 to study behavioral and policy sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
TECHNOLOGY: Agency still seeks sum from founder of L.A. incubator, ex-partners.
Federal Trade Commission still pursues already dialed-back settlement sum in alleged cellphone scam.
Los Angeles’ bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games comes with a $6.4 billion price tag, according to a report released Tuesday by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office.
Big order, big trouble for ‘Shark Tank’ winner
Lack of payment from Walgreens proved too tough to swallow for oral supplement maker Marz Sprays.
EMPLOYMENT: Hogan Lovells’ global reach helps land Stephanie Yonekura.
After serving as the acting U.S. attorney for the Central District of California for about a year, Stephanie Yonekura last week returned to private practice.
West L.A. patent monetization firm Marathon Patent Group Inc. will merge with Uniloc Luxembourg, a competing European company, in coming months, the companies announced Friday.
FILM: Record-breaking quarter powers up shares of Reading International.
Theater operator Reading International has the right ticket with investors after a record-setting quarter.
RETAIL: Curacao says worker bilked chain with false front.
Department store chain Curacao alleges its employee marked up goods in fraudulent role as middle man.
INVESTMENT: Settled case still hampers Aura’s quest for capital.
Aura says a settled SEC case still has the generator maker coming up short in its hunt for capital.
EXPANSION: Liner pulls in field veteran Kirk Pasich to lead new practice group.
Stuart Liner decided five years ago that he needed to bolster the insurance coverage practice group at his eponymous Westwood law firm.
Did OneWest Bank get a sweetheart deal from now-bankrupt Relativity Media?
Donald Sterling, the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, filed for a divorce from his estranged wife, Shelly, on Wednesday.
ALCOHOL: Jinro America’s choices few even if it wins suit to ax current contract.
Consolidation among distributors could bottle up options for liquor maker Jinro America – if it can ditch its current deal.
Embattled entertainment company Relativity Media filed for bankruptcy protection today after billionaire Ryan Kavanaugh failed to find a financial savior for his struggling firm.
Downtown L.A. supplement company Herbalife and Chief Executive Michael O. Johnson dodged a bullet Tuesday when a federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed allegations of misrepresenting sales practices and orchestrating a pyramid scheme.
Marathon gets inventive to make patents pay
Litigious Marathon Patent Group feels the term “troll” isn’t a suitable description for its money-making business.
WATER: O’Melveny unit’s focus has shifted from quality to quantity issues.
While California’s drought has scorched some businesses, it has flooded attorneys in O’Melveny & Myers’ water industry practice group with work.
Lawyer joins sibling, wife to serve up suds in downtown L.A.
Lawyer Todd Mumford has his brother’s scientific know-how on tap at their craft brewery.
Billionaire Alkiviades “Alki” David has won a significant battle against the largest U.S. television networks – at least for now.
Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing companies are a step closer to being able to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International Airport.
This story has been updated from a previous version. L.A. billionaires Michael and Lowell Milken have struck a deal to sell their early-childhood education business, Knowledge Universe Education, to Swiss private equity firm Partners Group.
Lauren Haas will never again misunderstand the meaning of “water resistant.”
EMPLOYMENT: Cuts by Quinn Emanuel spurred by cost, resistant clients.
Downtown L.A.’s Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is shaking up its business model for the second time this year.
Billionaire owner of FilmOn X shakes up media industry with bid to move TV online.
FilmOn X looks to get a line on streaming live network TV shows by claiming it’s a cable service provider.
AEROSPACE: Plaintiffs say SpaceX violated state law on giving proper notice.
Former employees fire off lawsuits after being let go by satellite launcher SpaceX.
REAL ESTATE: Get Urban project aims to land more tech, creative tenants.
The Downtown Center Business Improvement District, looking to entice more tech and creative companies to relocate downtown, guided a group of 35 real estate brokers and prospective tenants late last month on a tour of several offices of existing downtown companies.
West L.A. law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp – among the largest law firms in Los Angeles County – will join forces with Westwood’s Richardson & Patel later this week, the firms announced Monday.
MANUFACTURING: Equity plan proposed as Wham-O creditors say owed millions.
Frisbee maker Wham-O Marketing plans to spin off some equity to boost the debt-loaded firm.
SECURITY: Jeffer Mangels says high-profile incidents have helped spur business.
Nobody is safe from hackers, a fact evidenced again this month when the federal Office of Personnel Management confirmed that its network had been breached.
The years-long saga of Bahia emerald, the world’s largest, took another dramatic turn Thursday when a federal judge in Washington, D.C., approved a request from the Department of Justice preventing anyone from removing the gem from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, where it has been housed in an undisclosed location since 2008.
ALCOHOL: Snoop Dogg alleges Pabst sale spun to deny him payday.
Rapper Snoop Dogg alleges buyer and seller in Pabst Blue Ribbon deal are trying to do a number on his stake.
HowLoud offers home hunters guidance on neighborhood noise.
Startup HowLoud hopes to make noise in the home-hunting sector with sound ratings for neighborhoods.
LAW: Some attorneys rule out future at megamerged Dentons.
Dentons’ merger plans leave lawyers divided over whether to split from or join world’s largest firm.
PRACTICE: Gibson Dunn game for cases beyond NFL’s return to L.A.
While the legal battles surrounding the possible return of professional football to Los Angeles have already begun, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher looks to capitalize on the burgeoning sports industry beyond the National Football League.
L.A. hospitality giant SBE Entertainment Group, looking to push forward in a new direction in the wake of Sam Nazarian’s return as chief executive, is now in the business of flipping high-end residential real estate properties.
Century City talent powerhouse Creative Artists Agency bolstered its share of the sports and hospitality market by acquiring two major industry players, the agency announced Monday.
LAW: Plaintiffs field suits over team relocation, stadium plans.
Attorneys are getting a jump on helping parties tackle the legal issues around an NFL team relocating to Los Angeles.
CONSTRUCTION: Unpaid tab left Accent unable to cover bills.
Accent Builders is almost history after Los Angeles County refused to pay the tab for a cultural center project.
LAW: Late lawyer’s ex-partner not sure he still wants moniker.
Court victory of former Johnnie Cochran partner allows him to use the Cochran name, but now he’s thinking it might not fit.
Duo Ditches Nightlife Scene To Raise Bar for Home Care
From the creator of a social media platform to the founder of a bikini company, the Business Journal turns the spotlight on 20 young entrepreneurs who have gotten a jump on the business world.
EMPLOYMENT: Stroock vet snatched for Sidley Austin’s new outpost in Century City.
Sidley Austin is making quick progress in its expansion into Century City.
SECURITY: Ruling on guards’ breaks may pinch all industries.
Employers fear a ruling against breaks during which workers remain on call could bust their businesses.
Just when he thought he had done it all in his Hollywood career, Michael Douglas is doing something new: He’s starring in a Marvel superhero film.
LAW: Third-party funders say money can level playing field.
Some third-party funders of plaintiffs’ suits have courted controversy by staking large recovery claims.