February 17, 2012 |
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused a columnist for The Times of illegally recording conversations with the president of the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing firm. The company is known for its ubiquitous billboards plastered along Southland freeways — and its catchy jingle that pops up on the radio and television — that promote shedding pounds via the Lap-Band weight-loss device. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Debre Katz Weintraub threw out the lawsuit that Robert Silverman, the marketing company's president, had filed against Times columnist Michael Hiltzik.
July 11, 2000 |
Sara Lee (SLE) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Buy * Jim: It's a good thing that Sara Lee's new chief executive is trying to turn this company upside down, because if he wasn't I believe Sara Lee would soon succumb to a new owner that would. Mike: Now Jim, before we continue with all that important corporate stuff, let me start by saying I think of Sara Lee as an old friend. Jim: My, so warm and fuzzy today, Mike. Let me guess.
January 2, 2001 |
Lowe's Cos. (LOW) Jim: Buy Mike: Don't buy Mike: I don't know about you, Jim, but I've noticed around Southern California that there's a new store anchoring a lot of these new malls: Lowe's home improvement stores. I think of stores like Lowe's and Home Depot as lumberyards with a college education. Jim: You know, this might be a knock on any other company, but Lowe's is almost a Home Depot wannabe. Mike: Almost? That's exactly what Lowe's is. Jim: All right.
July 4, 2000 |
Reader's Digest Assn. (RDA/RDB) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Don't buy * Jim: When it comes to Americana, Michael, I can't think of any more tried-and-true name than Readers's Digest, correct? Mike: Did you say tried and true or trite and true? Jim: Snippy right out of the box today, eh? But you're right. To many people, Reader's Digest isn't just old, it's musty old--as in not being of much use. Mike: That's right. When you flip the pages of Wall Street reports on this stock, moths come flying out.
January 5, 1999 |
Intel (INTC) Jim: Today we look at the world's biggest semiconductor maker. It has annual sales of $26 billion, is one of the most heavily traded Nasdaq stocks and is probably best known to our readers for its Pentium microprocessor chips for personal computers. Mike: Some things have changed for Intel over the last year or so. In the old days, buying or selling Intel was basically a play on high-technology.
April 11, 2000 |
Microsoft (MSFT) JIM: (Don't Buy) MIKE: (Buy) * Jim: Well, Mike, we're taking another look at Microsoft today, and it's only the second time we've revisited a stock we've already reviewed. Mike: Ironically, the first time was when we reconsidered Microsoft's archrival, Apple Computer. We both recommended Microsoft's stock last summer, but it seems there's been a spot of news lately that warrants a chat about whether the stock is still a buy.
August 1, 2000 |
Jim: It's time for our semiannual review, Mike, when we go back and take a look-see at our picks of the last year or so. It's sometimes painful, but the mail indicates our readers like to see how we've fared. Mike: I think what some of our readers like is the chance to see where they've been smarter than we are. Hey, it's a risk for anyone who lays out their stock picks for public consumption. Jim: Oh sure, we're a courageous pair.
April 18, 2000 |
Healtheon/WebMD (HLTH) (Jim: Don't buy) (Mike: Buy) * Jim: Friday's sell-off didn't much help our first stock today, Mike, Healtheon/WebMD-- Mike: Boy, that name's a mouthful. Jim: --And I was just about to say, can't they do something about that name? Mike: Be grateful it's still that short, given Healtheon/WebMD's penchant for buying one company after another. For all we know, six months from now it might be HealtheonWebMDMedicalManagedCareInsiteHealthNetwork, or some such.
October 3, 2000 |
Alcatel (ALA) Jim: Buy Mike: Buy * Mike: Alcatel is the second-largest French company in terms of market capitalization, Jim, and here's this week's puzzler: Can you identify any other French enterprise of such size? Jim: Uh . . . Mike: I thought not. Jim: Actually, this is the first French stock we've done, no? Mike: Well, most Americans probably don't think of the French as global industrial leaders. Jim: Let's just say it's a good thing Alcatel doesn't make cars.
March 28, 2000 |
Nokia (NOK) (MIKE: Buy) (JIM: Buy) Jim: Explain something to me, Mike. Nokia is the world's leading maker of portable phones, and it's based in Finland. Its closest rival is a Swedish company, Ericsson. Now how did Scandinavia, of all places, get a lock on this cutting-edge industry? I mean, what's next? Greenland will be the DVD capital of the world? Mike: Maybe it's just so darn cold up there that no one wants to leave their cars to use a pay phone. Jim: Maybe it's something in the water.