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July 7, 2011 | By Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
Star bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach won a key court ruling in his battle with TCW Group, with a judge opting to let a jury decide whether Gundlach's former employer sought to cheat him out of a huge chunk of income. The court's decision means that Gundlach's claim will be heard in a case scheduled for trial July 25, along with TCW's claim that Gundlach set up his new firm with trade secrets stolen from TCW. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Carl West said in a written opinion Wednesday that Gundlach's claims were "triable issues of fact" that should go before a jury rather than be dismissed by the court as TCW had asked.
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February 25, 2010 | By Tom Petruno
TCW Group Inc.'s ouster of its star bond fund manager in December cost the Los Angeles investment firm more than one-fifth of the assets it managed before the firing, the company disclosed Wednesday. Institutional and individual investors pulled a total of about $25 billion from TCW after the company terminated Jeffrey Gundlach as chief investment officer Dec. 4, according to TCW data. The company managed $115 billion as of Jan. 31, up from $110 billion Dec. 4. But about $31 billion of the $115 billion was brought in by Metropolitan West Asset Management, which TCW agreed to buy to replace Gundlach and the TCW staffers whom the firm correctly expected to leave with him. Excluding the Metropolitan West money, TCW's assets declined to about $84 billion on Jan. 31. Any drop in assets means a money manager has less income than it would otherwise, because management fees are charged as a percentage of assets.
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April 6, 2010 | By Tom Petruno
Four months after his ugly split with TCW Group Inc., star L.A. bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach on Tuesday will launch his first mutual funds, hoping to lure some of the individual investors whose billions of dollars he managed at TCW. Gundlach's firm, DoubleLine Capital, said it would open the DoubleLine Total Return Bond fund and the DoubleLine Emerging Markets Fixed-Income fund after receiving Securities and Exchange Commission clearance Friday....
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February 10, 2010 | By Tom Petruno
Star L.A. bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach filed a countersuit Wednesday against his former employer, TCW Group Inc., alleging the firm ousted him to avoid having to share as much as $1.25 billion in fees from assets Gundlach oversaw. The suit is the latest chapter in the bitter divorce between TCW, one of L.A.'s biggest money managers, and Gundlach, who was a 24-year veteran of the firm and its chief investment officer when he was fired Dec. 4. TCW, which manages more than $100 billion in assets, said it terminated Gundlach because he had threatened to leave and take his staff with him. Within days of his firing Gundlach in fact set up a new firm, DoubleLine Capital.
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August 17, 2011 | By Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
TCW Group Inc. and its French parent company broke key promises made to TCW's top money managers, fueling a rebellion at the L.A. asset management firm, a jury was told. Jeffrey Gundlach, TCW's star bond fund manager until the firm fired him in 2009, testified in court Tuesday that the company had pledged that employees would always own 30% of the stock in the business. But French banking titan Societe Generale, which bought control of TCW in 2001, never followed through on that promise, Gundlach said.
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September 1, 2011 | By Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
TCW Group Inc. Chairman Robert Day testified that the firm's star bond fund manager had become "unstable" in the months leading up to the decision to fire him, but that the company still had hoped to strike a deal to keep him. Jurors in the bitter court battle between TCW and its former chief investment officer, Jeffrey Gundlach, on Wednesday also heard the L.A. money management firm's former president call Gundlach "a disease" on the company and...
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December 12, 2009 | TOM PETRUNO
A power struggle at one of L.A.'s biggest investment firms has many of the ingredients of a Shakespearean tragedy: frustrated ambition, a hero's fall from grace, betrayal and revenge. It also has left billions of dollars of investors' hard-earned money stuck uncomfortably in the middle. One week ago, TCW Group unexpectedly fired its veteran investment chief and star bond fund manager, Jeffrey Gundlach, asserting that he had threatened to quit the firm and leave it in the lurch.
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December 9, 2010 | By Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
The bitter split-up of L.A. investment firm TCW Group and its former chief investment officer, Jeffrey Gundlach, is under investigation by the Justice Department. An updated federal filing by mutual funds managed by Gundlach's year-old company, DoubleLine Capital, disclosed that some employees and former employees of DoubleLine have been interviewed by officials from the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan. Also, TCW, which nearly a year ago sued Gundlach for alleged theft of TCW proprietary information, confirmed that it had received a federal criminal grand jury subpoena "with regard to the investigation of DoubleLine and its principals for trade-secret theft," said Steve Madison, an attorney at TCW's outside counsel, Quinn Emanuel.
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July 25, 2010 | By Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
As chairman of the Los Angeles Opera, Marc Stern went out on a limb to back the group's ambitious staging of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle this spring. But for high drama, that couldn't top the gamble Stern took last December in his day job as chief executive of TCW Group Inc., the downtown Los Angeles firm that manages investments for some of the nation's largest pension funds, insurance companies and other big investors. Like most money managers, the 40-year-old firm with patrician roots seeks to convey an image of strength and stability.
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September 14, 2011 | By Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
After a six-week court case of often head-spinning complexity, the bitter legal battle between star L.A. bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach and his former employer, TCW Group Inc., is in the hands of the jury. Their mission: Try to decide which of two very well-heeled combatants deserves potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from the other after TCW ousted Gundlach nearly two years ago. Mindful that the jurors most likely can't personally relate to the huge sums of money involved, TCW attorneys tried to reduce the case to issues of simple right and wrong in their closing arguments Tuesday.
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