Orange County Business Journal


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Yard House Parent Replaces Board

Darden Restaurants Inc., the parent company of Irvine-based Yard House USA Inc., said it has named a new board of directors based on preliminary reports of a shareholder vote.

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Wunderman Sheds Southwest, Hires Two

The Irvine office of New York-based advertising agency Wunderman will no longer handle the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards account after the end of the year, according to Regional Managing Director Dan Olson.

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UCI Gets $8M for Cell Health Work

University of California-Irvine will get $8 million from the National Institutes of Health to study human cellular response and develop disease treatments.

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Johnny Rockets Licenses Retail Food

Aliso Viejo-based Johnny Rockets said it had licensed its name for private label grocery distribution under an effort called Johnny Rockets At Home.

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Confie in 2 More Deals

Huntington Beach-based Confie Seguros Insurance Services has made two more acquisitions, the latest in a recent string of buys.

Unlikely Air Traffic Controller

Edwards’ Weisner Kept Legal Aligned With Business Strategy in $1B+ Medtronic Case

Aimee Weisner was setting the strategy that led to Edwards Lifesciences Corp.’s $1 billion-plus patent lawsuit settlement against rival Medtronic Inc.

OC Insurance Brokers Aim for Middle to Offset Corporate Migration

Credit some of Orange County’s biggest insurance brokers with quick adjustments to shifts in California’s corporate landscape.

Gross Hits PR ‘Grand Slam’ With Job Shift

MARKETING: Estimates of boost to Janus brand range upward of $300M

The $1 billion increase in market value that Janus Capital Group Inc. got on news that Bill Gross had joined the company wasn’t the only windfall for the Denver-based fund manager.

CSUF Index: Outlook Inches Up for Q4

ECONOMY: Most OC execs expect revenue gains; 42% plan to add jobs

Orange County company executives started the fourth quarter with improved expectations for overall business activity, according to the latest quarterly index of business sentiments published by the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton.

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.

Riding a Roller Coaster Career

Palace Entertainment GC Expects the Unexpected

Michael Baroni’s legal career has been like a roller coaster, with twists and turns and unexpected outcomes.

CoreLogic’s Patent Play

Tabaddor Took Reins of IP, Turned Department Into Profit Center

Moving from defense to offense has paid dividends for the intellectual property legal team at Irvine-based CoreLogic 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.