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WD to Pay $758M to Rival

Irvine-based storage products maker Western Digital Corp. will has been ordered to pay its chief rival $758 million related to a bevy of trade secrets claims.

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Irvine Big Data Firm Raises $60M

Irvine-based Alteryx Inc., a fast-growing data analytics software company, has raised $60 million in a venture round.

Home Appliance Brand Gets Creative in Costa Mesa

REAL ESTATE: Moves U.S. HQ From Huntington Beach

The creative-office design trend is making its way to the glitzy buildings next to South Coast Plaza.

The Art of Protecting Drug Patents

Allergan GC Takes Team Approach for Near-Perfect Case Record

William Scarff Jr. concentrates on protecting the driving force in the drug industry: patents on major medications.

Tilly’s One-Man Legal Shop

Work at O’Melveny, Other Companies, Prepared Him for Role

A glance at Christopher Lal’s appointment book for a recent Monday shows a man who has his hands in many pots at Irvine-based Tilly’s Inc.

Abbott Ups Overseas Presence With Malaysia Plant

Device Maker Puts $60M Into Venture to Hire 500

Abbott Laboratories, the parent of Santa Ana-based Abbott Medical Optics, is spending $60 million on an intraocular lens plant in Malaysia.

Flooring Distributor Inks 1st Anaheim Concourse Lease

Longust to Move From Nearby, Takes 93,818 SF

Longust Distributing Inc., a wholesale flooring supplier that’s had an Anaheim location since 2001, is the first company to announce a lease at the new batch of industrial buildings being constructed at Panattoni Development Co.’s massive Anaheim Concourse project.

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Two OC Automakers Beat National Sales Numbers

Two of the four Orange County-based automakers beat the industry in September, according to Autodata Corp.

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Ingredients Developer Gets $5M Debt Funding

ChromaDex Corp., an Irvine-based maker of ingredients for dietary supplements, has closed a $5 million venture debt financing from Hercules Technology Growth Capital Inc.

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Costa Mesa Chipmaker Seeks BK

Costa Mesa-based chipmaker ISC8 Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Costa Mesa Circuit Board Maker Could Top Field

TECHNOLOGY: Deal for rival would lift TTM near top of global ranks

Thomas Edman’s first deal at the helm of Costa Mesa-based TTM Technologies Inc. could create the world’s largest printed circuit board maker.

Yokohama Tire Takes 57,624 SF in Santa Ana

REAL ESTATE: Distribution hub shifts from Fullerton to IE

Yokohama Tire Corp. has signed a deal to move its U.S. headquarters to Santa Ana in a shift that comes a few months after the company sold its longtime home in Fullerton.

Kelley Blue Book Markets New Product: Itself

AUTOMOTIVE: Car info firm hires first PR agency of record

Kelley Blue Book Co., in search of new audiences, has hired M Booth in New York as its first public relations agency of record.

Auto Show’s 50th Birthday Gift: Relevance With Car Buyers

MARKETING: Data indicate event’s influence on purchases

The Orange County International Auto Show is set to start Oct. 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center, where organizers will mark the event’s 50th anniversary with something extra to tout: recent research that indicates the show still matters to the tens of thousands of visitors who are potential car buyers.

Fox Head in Irvine Said to Be For Sale

Irvine-based motorcross apparel company Fox Head Inc. is reportedly on the sales block and seeking more than $200 million.