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Vizio Reaches $17M Settlement in TV Spying Lawsuit

Vizio Inc. has reached a $17 million preliminary settlement related to a class action lawsuit filed in Santa Ana in 2016 that alleged the Irvine-based company tracked the viewing habits and demographic information of its smart TV viewers and sold that data.

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Taco Bell Operator Plans 50 in Australia

Collins Foods Ltd. will open 50 Taco Bell locations in three years in three states in Australia.

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GSF in Talks to Sell Some Sites

Golden State Foods Corp. in Irvine said it’s talking with Rosemont, Ill.-based McDonald’s distribution and logistics firm Martin-Brower LLC to sell some distribution centers serving the Golden Arches and reinvest the proceeds to diversify operations.

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JWA Loses Albuquerque Service

Alaska Airlines will trim its wings at John Wayne Airport in January, cutting its daily flight from JWA to Albuquerque International Sunport after it began the route in August 2017.

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Long Beach Air Traffic Up 11%

Long Beach Airport traffic rose 11% year-over-year in August to 350,000 passengers; year-to-date traffic is up 10% to 2.7 million.

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Nékter in 4-State, 30-Unit Deal

Nékter Juice Bar Inc. in Santa Ana said a franchisee will open 30 locations of the juice and smoothie chain in Florida, Tennessee, Maryland, and Washington D.C. The latter two are new markets for Nékter; the first store should open in Florida early next year.

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Willdan Gets $17M Schools Projects

Willdan Group Inc. (Nasdaq: WLDN) got $17 million in contracts with Colorado school districts.

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Habit Burger Signs Rare Franchise Deal

Habit Restaurants Inc. said a franchisee will develop nine locations in Eastern Washington and Idaho, with the first ones scheduled to open early next year.

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UCI Adds to Campus

University of California, Irvine will be opening the doors to its new 65,000-square-foot “active learning” building next week.

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Johnny Rockets Promotes President to CEO

Lake Forest-based Johnny Rockets Group Inc. named President Mike Nolan its chief executive, effective Oct. 1, replacing John Maguire, who has left the company.

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$400M Montage Project to Montana

Montage Hotels & Resorts will manage Montage Big Sky in Montana when it opens in 2021. The resort getaway project broke ground Friday in a partnership of Montage parent Montage International in Irvine and CrossHarbor Capital Partners LLC in Boston.

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Marwaha Family Buys 3rd SD Hotel

An affiliate of Anaheim-based Marwaha Group Inc. paid $22.7 million for Hampton Inn Carlsbad in North San Diego County; the deal closed Aug. 31.

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Pizza Chain Names Yum Vet President, COO

Mountain Mike’s Pizza LLC hired Jim Metevier as president and chief operating officer.

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BPM Buys Santa Ana Accountancy

San Francisco’s BPM LLP, one of the 50 largest accountancies in the country, is entering Orange County with the purchase of Santa Ana’s Kramer & Olsen Accountancy Corp.

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Language School Plots Franchise Growth

Portal Languages in Costa Mesa plans six franchised locations to add to three sites it has opened so far in OC.

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