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January 29, 1995
In Barbara Leverich's comments about my fees (Letters, Dec. 18), she states that she was asked to hand over $2,500 before I would even consider her case. My firm only requires such a retainer after we have fully considered a client's case, have determined it is meritorious and only after we have agreed to represent the client. Further, many of the clients we undertake to represent are unable to pay any retainer fees at all, but we have represented them through trial and even appeal without any fee being paid.
April 13, 2014 | By David Ng
In a battle of the sequels, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" retained its superhero grip at the weekend box office, finishing No. 1 and beating the animated "Rio 2" by a slim margin. "Captain America" grossed a studio-estimated $41.4 million in its second weekend, down 56% from its $95-million opening. The Marvel superhero movie, released by Disney, has a domestic haul so far of $159 million. The 3-D sequel is already close to matching the total $176.7-million domestic take of 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger.
November 22, 2009 | By Stephen Glassman and Donie Vanitzian
Question: I live in a free-standing town house with no common walls and only two units in the entire association. The builder left a dangerous defect in my home. I wanted to bring a legal action against the builder and gave $7,500 to an attorney for the retainer fee. The owner of the second town house wanted to be included in the lawsuit, as he was having the same problem. My attorney prepared a retainer agreement for the other owner to pay his share of the attorney fees. The attorney also prepared documents for the homeowners association for our review and signing.
April 11, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim
TEHRAN - Protesters at a boisterous rally after Friday prayers demanded that Iran retain its nuclear “rights,” as the public voiced its displeasure with the lack of concrete results from ongoing negotiations with world powers. Echoing earlier comments from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, the protesters vowed that Iran would not shut down its nuclear program or relinquish its uranium enrichment capabilities. “Full nuclear cycle is our inalienable right!” chanted the protesters, who expressed fear that Iran's leadership would cave in to demands from the six world powers to dismantle the nation's nuclear program.
August 9, 1987 | KAREN ROEBUCK, Times Staff Writer
Hermosa Beach City Council members are complaining that City Atty. James Lough is charging the city more than his contract calls for, although some of them say the city is still getting a bargain. Lough said in an interview that he was surprised that council members are concerned about his bills. He would not discuss them, however, except to say that the city is getting his services at below the market rate. "I'm not going to argue with my council in the newspapers," he said.
August 21, 1986 | JEFFREY S. KLEIN
Many of the letters have a sad, familiar ring to them. Others are amusing; some simply seek legal information, but by the time someone writes the consumer-law columnist of a major newspaper, usually they are at their wit's end. The cases are frequently complicated and often involve senior citizens. One man complained that his 70-year-old father was convinced by a group of "con men" to donate his assets to a church that would "keep him healthy and wealthy for many years."
When the phone rings in the Chatoff kitchen, it could be a credit-card pitch--or it could be a well-known actress with emotional problems less well-known to her fans. "Trust the process," Steven Chatoff counsels in a firm, soothing voice. "Trust it." Translation: Take your medication. The problem right now isn't the business. The problem is you. From his Thousand Oaks home, Chatoff routinely delivers such messages to entertainment figures--particularly rock musicians--on both coasts.
July 3, 2004 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
Walt Disney Co. Chairman George J. Mitchell will receive an annual retainer of $500,000 in deferred stock, the company disclosed in a filing Friday. Mitchell's pay is retroactive to March 3, when the board tapped the former presiding director to take over as chairman. Disney Chief Executive Michael Eisner gave up the chairman's post after 45% of the voting shares withheld their support for his reelection to the board at the annual meeting.
November 23, 1986 | BILL BRUBAKER, The Washington Post
These have been trying times for A. Lee Fentress, a globe-trotting 45-year-old lawyer who co-founded Advantage International Inc., a 3 1/2-year-old Washington-based sports management firm that represents more than 150 athletes from nine offices on four continents.
She was seeking immortality when she left her husband and home in British Columbia decades ago, willing to forgo sex, meat and other "sins." Now more than 80 years old, she explains her regimented life in an isolated desert commune as one of the Children of Light, her veined hands shaking and her voice quivering. "Who wants to quit having sex? But you give it up, and you get eternal life," said Elect Beryl, one of only seven surviving sect members.
April 5, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Four months ago, Clay Helton was drawing up a postseason game plan and overseeing USC's staff as interim coach of the Trojans. He guided USC to a Las Vegas Bowl victory over Fresno State in December, and was subsequently rewarded when new Trojans Coach Steve Sarkisian retained him as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Helton has spent the last four weeks installing the fast-paced, no-huddle offense that Sarkisian brought from Washington. The 41-year-old Helton had run a no-huddle system as Memphis' offensive coordinator before Lane Kiffin hired him at USC before the 2010 season.
March 31, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli and David Lauter
WASHINGTON - Faced with a strong prospect of losing control of the Senate in November, Democrats have begun a high-stakes effort to try to overcome one of their party's big weaknesses: voters who don't show up for midterm elections. The party's Senate campaign committee plans to spend $60 million to boost turnout. That's nine times what it spent in the last midterm election, in 2010. The Democratic National Committee has begun to make the sophisticated data analysis tools developed to target voters in the 2012 presidential campaign available to all the party's candidates.
March 27, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A groundbreaking, two-month trial challenging teacher job protections in California concluded Thursday with both sides asserting that the interests of students are at stake. The case, Vergara vs. California, seeks to overturn a set of laws that affect how teachers are fired, laid off and granted tenure. The Silicon Valley-based group Students Matter brought the lawsuit on behalf of nine plaintiffs, contending that the regulations hinder the removal of ineffective teachers. The result is a workforce with thousands of "grossly ineffective" teachers, which disproportionately hurts low-income and minority students, attorneys said.
March 17, 2014 | By Todd Martin
Johny Hendricks, who pulled out a courageous win over Robbie Lawler by coming on strong in the second half of the final round on Saturday, moves to the top of this month's welterweight rankings.   Heavyweight   1. Cain Velasquez 2. Junior Dos Santos 3. Fabricio Werdum 4. Travis Browne 5. Antonio Silva 6. Josh Barnett 7. Alistair Overeem 8. Stipe Miocic 9. Mark Hunt 10. Stefan Struve   April 19 on Fox, Travis Browne and Fabricio Werdum will fight to determine the next contender for UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
February 28, 2014 | By Meg James
Long relationships are rare in Hollywood - except when it comes to Oscar. During Sunday's telecast of the 86th Academy Awards, McDonald's Corp. is set to make its 23rd straight appearance in Hollywood's biggest night, and American Express Co. will mark its 22nd year. J.C. Penney Co. has landed the role of leading retail advertiser every year since 2001, and, after a five-year absence, longtime advertiser Cadillac is back. And the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences renewed its vows three years ago with ABC, an arrangement that will keep the program on the network at least until 2020.
February 14, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels owner Arte Moreno described negotiations with Anaheim for a new stadium lease as "at a stalemate," but stopped short of saying he was aggressively pursuing a new home for the team. "We haven't crossed that line yet," Moreno said Friday during the team's first spring-training workout. "In September, we thought we had an outline for a deal … but the reality is, we have not been able to get it done. " The Anaheim City Council approved the framework of a deal in which the Angels would spend $150 million to renovate 48-year-old Angel Stadium, the fourth-oldest park in baseball, in exchange for a 66-year, $1-a-year lease to develop 155 acres of land in the parking lot. The team's current lease expires in 2029.
February 11, 2000
For those who wonder why it is so difficult to keep excellent teachers in our nation's classrooms, listen up. Here's one of many reasons. The mother of one of my students telephoned me to chastise me for having given her child a poor mark for her poor behavior. She accused me of not liking her child, of mistakenly giving her child a low mark when her other teachers gave her high marks and of being completely negligent when I would not change the grade, as it would keep the child from going on a school trip she had been looking forward to. When her own rudeness did not change my mind, she switched to abuse.
January 27, 1985
Whitaker Investment Corp. has retained Krommenhoek / McKeon & Associates to design the $4-million, four-story, 38,000-square-foot Columbia District Professional Office Building at India and B streets in downtown San Diego. Construction is scheduled to begin in February.
January 12, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Rank; School (W-L) Next game; (last week's ranking) 1. MATER DEI (16-0); vs. St. John Bosco, Wednesday. (1) 2. REDONDO (12-3); vs. Peninsula, Tuesday. (3) 3. CORONA CENTENNIAL (12-2); at Norco, Wednesday. (4) 4. LOYOLA (14-1); vs. St. Francis, Friday. (2) 5. CHAMINADE (13-1); vs. Harvard-Westlake, Wednesday. (12) 6. BISHOP MONTGOMERY (14-1); at St. Bernard, Wednesday. (6) 7. COMPTON (12-3); vs. Millikan, Monday. (7) 8. ETIWANDA (14-3); vs. Alta Loma, Tuesday.
January 6, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Don Mattingly doesn't look as if he will be a lame-duck manager again this year. Mattingly and the Dodgers are finalizing an agreement that would extend his contract beyond the upcoming season, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been completed. Mattingly's current deal is guaranteed through the 2014 season. The contract was originally set to expire at the end of last season, but was automatically extended by another year when the Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship Series.
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