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BUSINESS
February 8, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Hewlett-Packard Co. named Michael J. Holston as general counsel, replacing Ann Baskins, who left the company in September after a misguided investigation into media leaks. Holston, 44, will join the computer maker Feb. 22. He came from law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he served as an outside attorney for HP for more than a decade. Chief Executive Mark Hurd tapped Holston to oversee HP's review into its handling of boardroom leaks.
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BUSINESS
August 11, 2006 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
The former general counsel of Apple Computer Inc. has retained two criminal defense lawyers amid an investigation into the company's timing of stock option grants. Nancy R. Heinen left the company in May, after nearly a decade running its legal department. Apple offered no explanation for her departure Thursday, and Heinen did not return a phone call seeking comment.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2006 | Richard Verrier
David White, general counsel for the Screen Actors Guild, announced he would step down when his contract ended in June. White, a four-year guild executive, said in a statement that he was leaving to pursue other endeavors. "He will be truly missed," guild President Alan Rosenberg said. -- Richard Verrier
NATIONAL
April 7, 2006 | Tom Hamburger and Greg Miller, Times Staff Writers
Experts in national security law say a decision by President Bush to authorize the leak of classified information to a reporter probably would not be illegal. But if Bush did so -- as a former top White House aide has testified he did -- there could be significant damage to the credibility of a president who has repeatedly and publicly expressed his abhorrence of leaks.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Blockbuster Inc., which is moving to cut corporate costs, dismissed General Counsel Edward Stead. Stead will be paid $1.05 million in severance, the Dallas company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Stead's responsibilities are to be divided among several attorneys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The new general manager of the Metropolitan Water District will earn at least $210,000 a year, officials said Tuesday. Jeffrey Kightlinger, 46, won the agency's top job during a closed session of its directors last week. Kightlinger outpolled former Democratic Assemblyman Richard Katz, who had been Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's choice for the job. In addition to his base salary, Kightlinger, the agency's former general counsel, will be eligible for performance bonuses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Despite intense lobbying by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, directors of the Metropolitan Water District voted Tuesday to offer the agency's top job to its general counsel, Jeffrey Kightlinger, according to sources familiar with the decision. MWD officials declined to publicly disclose the outcome of the vote until a contract is negotiated. But the sources said former Assemblyman Richard Katz, Villaraigosa's choice for chief executive of the agency, came in second to Kightlinger.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
As expected, Los Angeles attorney Brian Cartwright was named general counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, becoming the first senior-level staff appointee of SEC Chairman Christopher Cox. The Los Angeles Times on Tuesday reported the anticipated appointment of Cartwright, 58, who led the public company practice at law firm Latham & Watkins. "Brian Cartwright will be a relentless and powerful champion for investors," Cox said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2005 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
An investigation by the University of California's general counsel found that the system's former second-in-command, M.R.C. Greenwood, had violated conflict of interest rules in a hiring decision involving an administrator with whom she owned real estate, according to a report released Wednesday. Nevertheless, the university announced that Greenwood will take a 15-month leave with an annual salary of $301,840 before starting a new, lower-paid faculty position at UC Davis.
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