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October 4, 1987
PHH Design Group, at 716 S. Olive St., is the new firm name for Walker Associates and Neville Lewis Associates.
February 24, 1985
EDC Inc. and Buena Vista Properties Inc. have merged and reorganized to form McCune, Gerwin & Partners Inc., a multi-displinary design and construction firm with offices in Los Angeles and Ventura. Charles McCune is president, and Paul Gerwin is vice president.
November 8, 1987
The 64-year-old Dippell Realty Co., 107 N. Larchmont Blvd., has merged with Ramsey-Shilling/Better Homes & Gardens, a firm with offices in Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley.
November 2, 1986
Merrill Lynch Mortgage Corp., a subsidiary of Merrill Lynch Realty Inc., has signed an agreement with General Motors Acceptance Corp. for GMAC to service the $1 billion in mortgages Merrill Lynch Mortgage originates every year. GMAC, the financial services subsidiary of General Motors Corp., is the nation's largest mortgage servicing firm, with a portfolio of $22.5 billion.
December 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Three firms agreed to pay a total of $7.2 million to resolve claims that they charged excessive fees for annuities sold to seniors in California. The insurers "tricked senior citizens into buying annuities that would not pay out for years and had substantial early withdrawal fees," Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said in a statement announcing an agreement with Family First Insurance Services and Family First Advanced Estate Planning, both of Woodland Hills, and American Investors Life Insurance Co.
September 16, 2008 | From Times wire reports
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined three construction firms $313,500 over what it said were safety violations leading to a tower crane collapse that killed seven people in March. OSHA cited Reliance Contractors Group, the general contractor; Rapetti Rigging Services, Inc., the crane erector; and Joy Contractors Inc., the concrete subcontractor on the project. The 19-story tower crane broke away from a luxury apartment building under construction and fell across other buildings as far as a block away.
November 10, 1989 | From United Press International
Walker Manufacturing Co. and Noise Cancellation Technologies Inc. have announced an agreement to work together to produce and market the first electronic muffler for the automotive industry. The electronic muffler generates sound waves that cancel engine noise while improving engine performance, power and fuel economy. The joint venture will operate as an equally owned partnership between subsidiaries of Walker and NCT under the name Walker Noise Cancellation Technologies.
November 4, 2002 | Wei Gu, Reuters
Companies may be slashing jobs and other costs, but one ritual luxury in the business world is making a comeback this year -- the annual holiday party. Last year was one of the worst holiday seasons, as many U.S. firms canceled their festivities because the mood just didn't feel right after the Sept. 11 attacks.
September 22, 1985 | Dick Turpin
What do financially-troubled major firms, including banks, do when they are short of cash? They rely on good old real estate to bail them out, that's what. In bad times, it would be like selling the back 40 or the ranch or the old homestead. Overnight, the embarrassed giants become tenants in the prestigious towers they had built during better times. After the initial shock wears off, they start making monthly payments to the landlord, like any good tenant.
October 5, 2008
Has anyone addressed policy implications of firms becoming "too big to fail" ("Bailout could aid firms that buy troubled banks," Sept. 29.)? It appears that a threshold exists, beyond which a firm can now expect government intervention in the event of failure. This will only encourage more reckless risk-taking, since the government will provide a safety net of credit. The taxpayer appears to be held hostage: There seems to be no option but to support a bailout to avoid a far greater calamity.
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