Guardian Savings & Loan recently won state authority to operate as an S&L in California and to open an office in Beverly Hills.
Trouble is, Guardian Savings & Loan has been operating in Huntington Beach for 6 years.
Sound confusing? That's what the folks at the Huntington Beach operation thought. So they filed protests with state regulators over the application of the other Guardian Savings--which is based in Houston--to use its name in California.
"We don't want to confuse the customers," Larry R. Day, general counsel of Guardian in Huntington Beach, said. The locally based S&L has six branches, with its original Long Beach office being the closest to Beverly Hills. It also has a loan production office in Van Nuys.
Talks with regulators and executives from the incoming S&L, Day said, produced a "verbal understanding" that the word Guardian will not be used in the Beverly Hills operation.