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OC Investors Partner in Beverly Hills Buy

Two Orange County-based investment firms have partnered to acquire a majority stake in Mob Scene LLC, an entertainment marketing and production company in Beverly Hills.

By Jane Yu August 12, 2014 9:49 a.m.   Share
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Unemployment Rate, Jobs Fall

Orange County’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.4% in August despite a decrease of 1,900 jobs over the month.

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Group Pays Off $3.86M Worth of Corinthian Students’ Debt

An offshoot group of the Occupy Wall Street movement paid off $3.86 million in loans owed by 2,761 students of a Corinthian Colleges Inc. school, according to reports.

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Entertainment Parks Operator Sells 15 Locations

Newport Beach-based leisure park owner and operator Palace Entertainment Inc. has sold 15 of its entertainment center locations to Apex Parks Group in Aliso Viejo.

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Autobytel Increases Share Buyback Plan

Autobytel Inc.’s board of directors has approved an additional $1 million common stock repurchase program, increasing the total planned amount to $3 million.

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U.S. Agency Sues Corinthian

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today sued Santa Ana-based Corinthian Colleges, Inc. and alleged it engaged in “illegal predatory lending.”

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Johnny Rockets Launches Smaller Sites

Aliso Viejo-based Johnny Rockets Inc. said it would develop several types of smaller restaurants and work with an outside company to develop some of them, according to reports.

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Windjammer Sells Auto Parts Maker

Newport Beach-based buyout firm Windjammer Capital Investors has agreed to sell its portfolio company BBB Industries LLC to an investment firm in London.

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Federal Judge Grants Allergan Injunction Hearing Request

Allergan Inc. said today that a federal judge has set an Oct. 28 hearing for a preliminary injunction against hostile suitors Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and activist investor Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management LP.

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Allergan to Cut 129 Irvine Jobs

Irvine-based Allergan Inc. has filed papers with state officials saying it will lay off 129 employees.

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Oculus Co-founder Gives $31M

The cofounder and chief executive of Irvine-based Oculus VR Inc. has pledged $31 million to the University of Maryland-College Park to build a new computer science building focused on virtual reality, according to a report.

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RSM Smoothie Seller Plans 58 Locations

Bowl of Heaven plans to add 58 new franchised locations in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Las Vegas, the company said.

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PE Firm Invests in Propane Engine Maker

Newport Beach-based private equity firm Solis Capital Partners LLC has made an equity investment in LEHR Inc., a manufacturer of propane-powered engines and tools for home and commercial uses.

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Telogis Gets Funding From VC Firm of Ford Motor Chairman

Aliso Viejo-based software maker Telogis Inc. has secured a strategic investment from a Detroit venture capitalist firm co-founded by William Clay Ford Jr., the executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. and the son of the owner of the Detroit Lions.

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Wet Seal Shares Fall on Q2 Loss

Shares of the Wet Seal Inc. tumbled 11% to 60 cents and a market value of $51.2 million in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the teen and contemporary retail chain reported a bigger-than-expected second quarter loss.

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Startup Raises $5M, Enters VR Deal

A Laguna Beach startup that specializes in virtual reality content has raised $5 million from private investors and entered a partnership with Oculus VR Inc. and Samsung in one of the latest developments to hit technology’s hottest emerging consumer segment.

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Microsemi Makes Small Buy

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi Corp. announced an agreement today to purchase a Santa Rosa chipmaker and also revealed plans to repurchase up to $100 million of its common stock.

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Alphaeon Buys Canadian Company

Newport Beach-based Alphaeon Corp. said today that it is buying Clarion Medical Technologies Inc., a Canadian aesthetic medicine company.

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Alignment Healthcare Makes Deal

Irvine-based Alignment Healthcare LLC said today that it acquired Citizens Choice Health Plan for an undisclosed amount.

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Sonendo Gets $35 Million

Laguna Hills-based Sonendo Inc. said today that it completed a $35 million round of equity financing.

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Pac Merc Names COO

Costa Mesa-based Pacific Mercantile Bancorp has promoted Robert Sjogren to chief operating officer, a position that had been vacant for some time.

Big Mandate on Campus: Health Science Programs

Demographics Dictate Expansions at Several Colleges

A number of Orange County colleges and universities have invested in new health science campuses and programs to tap into trends that include an aging population and changes in the healthcare industry.

Allergan Update: Court Calendar Could Get ‘Pushed Into’ 2015

HEALTHCARE: Santa Ana, Delaware cases scheduled, wrangling continues

That was no end-of-summer lull.

Kaiser Aluminum Beefs Up as Automakers Lose Weight

MANUFACTURING: Shares near all-time high despite soft aerospace

Shares of Kaiser Aluminum Corp. are nearing their prerecession heyday, thanks in part to small-but-growing sales in the automotive sector that have helped the Foothill Ranch-based company power through a stall in its aerospace business.

It’s Official: Questcor Now Mallinckrodt PLC Unit

Acquisition Final, Local Operations to Stay Intact

Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. made plenty of headlines in its roughly four years as an Orange County-based public company.

Regulator Charges AirTouch, Ex-Execs in Fraud Case

Alleges They Reported Fake Earnings for Device

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Newport Beach-based equipment maker AirTouch Communications Inc. and its former chief executive and chief financial officer with misstating revenue and defrauding an investor.