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September 16, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Levi Strauss & Co., the maker of Levi's jeans, said the company's audit committee found no evidence of tax fraud after reviewing allegations made by two former employees in a wrongful termination lawsuit. The committee found that information wasn't improperly withheld from the Internal Revenue Service, San Francisco-based Levi Strauss said in a statement.
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BUSINESS
July 3, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Levi Strauss & Co., the maker of Levi's jeans and Dockers slacks, alleges in a lawsuit that Esprit Holdings Ltd. has illegally used its trademarked red stitching on the name tab on the rear jeans pocket. Esprit, a Hong Kong-based fashion retailer, uses similar red stitching to spell its brand name on the tab on men's and women's jeans, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. Levi Strauss says it has used the red ribbon saying "Levi's" on the rear pocket since 1936.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2003 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Levi Strauss & Co. said Monday that it has hired another outside law firm to conduct a second examination of tax and accounting practices questioned by former employees in a lawsuit accusing the jeans maker of tax fraud. The San Francisco-based company also said it discussed issues raised in the suit with the Securities and Exchange Commission in an informal meeting last month.
BUSINESS
May 26, 2003 | E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writer
Levi Strauss & Co. has countersued two fired employees who accused it of tax fraud, portraying them as liars who conspired to damage the reputation of the San Francisco apparel maker and its executives. In San Francisco Superior Court filings Friday, Levi also moved to have the lawsuit of former tax managers Robert Schmidt and Thomas Walsh thrown out.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2003 | From Reuters
Levi Strauss & Co. has opted out of a $20-million settlement approved this week to compensate garment workers on the Pacific island of Saipan, the San Francisco-based company said. A judge at the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands approved a settlement after alleged rights violations involving several U.S. retailers, including Gap Inc. and J.C. Penney Co. The lawsuit alleged violations of wage and hour laws and other workers' rights at garment factories in Saipan.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2003 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Two large California clothiers issued gloomy reports tied to weak sales Tuesday as Levi Strauss & Co. said it lost $24 million in the first quarter and Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. predicted a second-quarter loss and pulled the plug on its Charlotte's Room chains of accessories stores. For San Francisco-based Levi, which makes bluejeans and other casual apparel, the fiscal first-period loss contrasted with a profit of $42 million in the same period in 2002.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2003 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Levi Strauss & Co.'s finances are starting to look a little less blue. The 150-year-old maker of blue jeans and casual apparel said Monday that its sales increased 2% to $1.26 billion in the fourth quarter to give the San Francisco-based company two consecutive quarters of rising revenue for the first time since 1996. Net income shriveled during the period, however.
MAGAZINE
December 1, 2002 | FRED DICKEY, Fred Dickey last wrote for the magazine about prison rape.
Brenda Pope sits at the kitchen table and stares sadly at her work-hardened hands. Inside one wrist is the purple welt of a surgical scar that runs halfway to her elbow. Twenty years at a sewing machine gave her the carpal tunnel injury. That scar and $15,000 in severance is what she has to show for those years. Near the edge of Blue Ridge, Ga., the Levi Strauss plant where she once worked now sits empty, a glass-and-brick shell overlooking acres of empty parking lot.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2002 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Levi Strauss & Co. on Monday reported its first quarterly sales advance since 1996--a 3.5% third-quarter increase--but said earnings dropped 9% as costs rose. The San Francisco-based jeans maker, which has been in a turnaround mode for the last three years, said the results show that the company is gaining ground as it introduces new products and works more effectively with retailers.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2002 | Associated Press
Levi Strauss & Co. expects to incur an additional $20 million to $25 million in restructuring-related expenses over the next 12 to 18 months, according to its quarterly report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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