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August 30, 2002 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gotcha International, a pioneering Southern California surf wear company that was once a dominant player in the market, has filed for reorganization under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code amid a bitter legal battle with a business partner. The company, which filed for Chapter 11 protection Aug. 23, was forced to act because of a dispute with Ederal Sport Inc., Gotcha President Donald Grier said Thursday.
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May 26, 2003 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Diane Sweet was perched atop a motor home at the third turn of the California Speedway in Fontana when the cars raced past her in a deafening blur. The 39-year-old mother of three was hooked. It was "exhilarating, exuberating," she says, reliving that moment three years ago. She recalls being "in awe of the cars and how fast they go, and the adrenaline rush you get just watching." Now, the apparel industry is betting that women like Sweet are ready to move from watching to wearing.
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