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Institute to Add Cultural Center, $1 Million Prize

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.

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Berggruen Institute Adds Cultural Focus, $1 Million Annual 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.

Crowd Service Gets In on Act

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.

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Pet Project Turns Into Health Effort

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.

Freight Forwarder Loses Ground on Wall Street

SHIPPING: UTi Worldwide sees shares tumble after another weak quarter.

Shares of UTi Worldwide fall as the logistics firm loses its way with investors.

‘Dot-Law’ Name Still Making Case

Domain-name firm Minds + Machines Group hopes attorneys and law firms judge dot-law a good fit.

Researcher to Run New Division by the Numbers

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.

FTC Hung Up on Settlement in Cellphone Scheme

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.

Organizers Project Profit on L.A.’s $6.4 Billion Olympics

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.

Small Fish

Big order, big trouble for ‘Shark Tank’ winner

Lack of payment from Walgreens proved too tough to swallow for oral supplement maker Marz Sprays.

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Local Firm Makes Case With Ex-U.S. Attorney

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.

Marathon Patent Group to Merge with Uniloc Luxembourg

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.

Theater Operator Packs Them In on Wall Street

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.

Made to Order ‘Middle Man’?

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.

SEC Charges Remain Drain on Generator Firm

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.

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Firm Increases Exposure to Insurance Coverage

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.

More Trouble for Relativity Media?

Did OneWest Bank get a sweetheart deal from now-bankrupt Relativity Media?

Donald Sterling Files for Divorce

Donald Sterling, the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, filed for a divorce from his estranged wife, Shelly, on Wednesday.

Liquor Maker Faces Sobering Distribution Reality

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.

Relativity Media Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Embattled entertainment company Relativity Media filed for bankruptcy protection today after billionaire Ryan Kavanaugh failed to find a financial savior for his struggling firm.

Herbalife Wins Lawsuit Dismissal – Again

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.

Troll Toll

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.

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Practice Group’s Business Heats Up With Drought

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.

Brothers Pour Themselves Into Brewery

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.

FilmOn X is Cable Service Provider, Court Says

Billionaire Alkiviades “Alki” David has won a significant battle against the largest U.S. television networks – at least for now.

Uber, Lyft Ready for LAX Takeoff?

Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing companies are a step closer to being able to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International Airport.

Milkens Sell U.S. Education Business

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.

Watered-Down Cycling Vacation

Lauren Haas will never again misunderstand the meaning of “water resistant.”

Litigation Firm Cools on Hiring Summer Interns

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.

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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.

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Staff Terminations Land Satellite Launcher in Court

AEROSPACE: Plaintiffs say SpaceX violated state law on giving proper notice.

Former employees fire off lawsuits after being let go by satellite launcher SpaceX.

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Monthly Tour Looks to Find Space for Businesses

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.

Law Firms MS&K, Richardson & Patel to Merge This Week

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.

Troubled Toy Firm Makes Play for Private Placement

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.

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New Practice to Mount Defense Against Hackers

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.

Feds Step in To Halt Bahia Emerald Transfer

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.

Rapper Puts Opposition to Beer Deal on Record

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.

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App Works To Sound Out Residences

HowLoud offers home hunters guidance on neighborhood noise.

Startup HowLoud hopes to make noise in the home-hunting sector with sound ratings for neighborhoods.

Largest Firm’s Split Decisions

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.

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Firm Looks to Get Ball Rolling With Sports Clients

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.

SBE Moves Into Residential, Sells South Beach Hotel

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.

CAA Buys into Hospitality Business

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.

Early Kickoff For NFL Cases

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.

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County’s Plaza Topples Builder

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.

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Cochran Name On the Wane?

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.

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Twenty In Their 20s: Michael Townsend and Kyle Hill

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.

Expanding Firm Casts Media Lawyer in Key Role

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.

Court to Make Call on On Call

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.

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Sizing Up His Role as Superhero

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.

Suit Supporters Court Criticism

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.