March 8, 2011 |
A former employee of the troubled Los Angeles clothing firm American Apparel Inc. accused the company's chairman and chief executive, Dov Charney, in a lawsuit of holding her captive and forcing her to perform sexual acts. The suit, filed in a New York trial court in Brooklyn, seeks $250 million in damages. It accuses Charney of sexual harassment, retaliation, gender discrimination and creating a hostile workplace. The suit also accuses the company's other eight board members of failing to protect the employee, Irene Morales, from an executive they should have known was a "sexual predator.
December 11, 2010 |
Shareholders elected to keep American Apparel Inc. founder Dov Charney on its board of directors, according to voting results announced at the troubled Los Angeles clothing maker's annual meeting Friday. In recent months American Apparel has been beset by a host of problems including sales declines, losses, problems with its debt and delayed quarterly filings. Two other board members, Mark Samson and Mark A. Thornton, were also reelected. Each will serve a three-year term. Shareholders also approved the ratification of Marcum as the company's independent auditor.
November 10, 2010 |
Troubled Los Angeles clothing maker American Apparel Inc. reported double-digit sales declines and a $9.5-million quarterly loss Tuesday and warned that it had "substantial doubt" about its viability going forward. In a continuing effort to turn itself around, the company announced several aggressive efforts to cut costs. It said it might have to close some stores, reduce manufacturing production levels, renegotiate real estate leases and reevaluate staffing levels. For the quarter ended Sept.
October 9, 2010 |
Beleaguered Los Angeles clothing maker American Apparel Inc. has named a former Blockbuster Inc. executive as its acting president to help redirect the company, which appeared to be on the brink of bankruptcy this summer. In hiring Tom Casey, who was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Blockbuster from September 2007 through August of this year, American Apparel is bringing on an executive who doesn't have an apparel background but who has ample experience working with another troubled company.
October 2, 2010 |
Beleaguered Los Angeles clothing maker American Apparel Inc. said Friday that it had amended its debt agreement with Lion Capital, helping it avoid violating the terms of its loan. The London-based private equity firm is also working with American Apparel to realign its capital structure, including hiring several new senior executives. "We wholeheartedly support the company's 'Made in USA' philosophy under which 7,000 industrial workers in downtown Los Angeles are paid a fair wage," Lyndon Lea, Lion Capital founder and partner, said in a statement.
August 19, 2010 |
A day after American Apparel Inc. admitted that its future hangs by a thread, the hipster Los Angeles clothing maker and retailer was scrambling to overhaul operations, bolster sales and repair its faltering image. After warning this week that there was "substantial doubt that the company will be able to continue as a going concern," the company saw its stock fall 21.3% on Wednesday, ending at an all-time low of 81 cents. That was on the heels of a 26% plunge the day before. In recent months, the troubled company has been beset by sales declines, losses, a crackdown on undocumented workers, problems with its debt, delayed quarterly filings and, most recently, an investigation by the U.S. attorney's office in New York related to the company's abrupt change in accounting firms.
August 18, 2010 |
Troubled Los Angeles clothing company American Apparel disclosed Tuesday that the U.S. attorney's office in New York City is investigating its abrupt change of accounting firms. Deloitte & Touche resigned as American Apparel's accountant and was replaced by Marcum, the company recently announced. Peter Schey, an attorney for American Apparel, said the company received a subpoena seeking documents and other records "a few days ago. " The change of accountants "was definitely not anything sinister," Schey said in an interview.
August 11, 2010 |
Troubled clothing firm American Apparel Inc. said Tuesday that its second-quarter sales probably fell compared with a year earlier and that it expected to report a loss. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Los Angeles company also said that it was "unable, without unreasonable effort and expense," to file its quarterly report on time for the three months that ended June 30. The company blamed its weak total sales on a decrease in retail sales, although it didn't provide specific figures.
June 25, 2010 |
Cash-strapped clothing maker and retailer American Apparel Inc. got a boost from Los Angeles billionaire investor Ron Burkle, who disclosed Thursday that he had acquired a 6% stake in the company saddled by debt and weak sales over the last year. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Burkle reported he had purchased 4.3 million shares in the open market for $5.9 million between June 10 and Monday. The filing said Burkle made the purchase "because, in his opinion, such shares were undervalued."
May 20, 2010 |
Problems are mounting for American Apparel Inc., the popular Los Angeles apparel maker and retailer that has been plagued by debt constraints and weak sales since last year. On Wednesday, the company reported disappointing first-quarter preliminary results and said it expected problems with its debt, sending its shares plummeting 41% to its lowest price in more than a year. It also declined to provide a financial outlook for the year because of continued uncertainty about its business.