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November 23, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Complaint Against U-Haul Ads Referred to FTC: In an unusual move, the National Advertising Review Board, the advertising industry's self-regulatory agency, referred to the Federal Trade Commission a complaint against the company's advertised "guaranteed reservations" claims. The board said it made the referral after U-Haul International Inc. failed to indicate that it would comply with the board's recommendation to quit using the potentially misleading claim in its Yellow Pages ads.
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November 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A King County jury has awarded $15.5 million to a Renton woman who was disfigured and blinded in February 2004 when part of an entertainment center flew from a rented U-Haul trailer and crashed through her windshield. Maria Federici's lawyers had sought $38 million in damages. Jurors found U-Haul most liable, ordering it to pay two-thirds of the award, and said the driver who was towing the entertainment center, James Hefley, should pay the rest.
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BUSINESS
June 20, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
U-Haul Gets Financing: A group of 11 investors provided $102.5 million in financing to the parent company of U-Haul International Inc. as the company struggles to whittle down a huge outstanding debt. "This financing allows us to continue as a healthy, viable company," said E. J. Shoen, president of U-Haul and chairman of the parent company Amerco. Shoen refused to say how much debt would be paid or the total amount of debt outstanding.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2003 | From Associated Press
Online pop-up ads do not violate trademark laws even if they cover up or appear alongside unaffiliated Web sites, including those of rivals, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee also placed some of the responsibility for those ads on computer users, saying they voluntarily agree to them, even if they do so unwittingly. Lee's ruling Friday came in a lawsuit filed last year by U-Haul International Inc. against WhenU.com, a company blamed for some of the pop-ups.
BUSINESS
March 16, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Judge OKs Settlement in U-Haul Case: Federal Bankruptcy Judge James M. Marlar approved a plan by the board of Amerco Inc., corporate parent of U-Haul International Inc. of Phoenix, to pay the remaining $313.8 million owed on a judgment in favor of U-Haul founder Leonard S. Shoen and six of his children. The judge's decision settles a family feud that began in 1986 when Joe and Mark Shoen forced their father, now 79, into early retirement and began a push to control the company.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2001 | Lisa Girion
U-Haul International Inc. is considering appealing a Los Angeles court decision that 480 current and former employees were improperly classified as managers and denied overtime wages, said Bill Kannow, an attorney representing the Phoenix-based company. In a hearing set for April, the plaintiffs will argue they are owed more than $10 million in overtime pay, said Matthew A. Kaufman, an attorney representing the current and former employees participating in the class-action lawsuit.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2003 | From Associated Press
Online pop-up ads do not violate trademark laws even if they cover up or appear alongside unaffiliated Web sites, including those of rivals, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee also placed some of the responsibility for those ads on computer users, saying they voluntarily agree to them, even if they do so unwittingly. Lee's ruling Friday came in a lawsuit filed last year by U-Haul International Inc. against WhenU.com, a company blamed for some of the pop-ups.
BUSINESS
September 4, 1990 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the early hours of Aug. 6, Eva Berg Shoen, 44, was shot to death with a .25-caliber pistol as she slept in her deluxe log home, set amid aspen and spruce trees outside the rustic, 1880s-vintage ski town of Telluride. Investigators were stumped. The shooting smacked of a professional hit. But why, nervous townspeople wondered, would anyone kill this pleasant, blonde, Norwegian-born woman who had moved with her family to the area for its small-town atmosphere?
BUSINESS
August 18, 1992 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The self-storage business, by most accounts, is doing nicely these days. Demand for mini-warehouse space is gradually rising, and the average facility is 80% to 90% full. Rental prices also are edging higher. The market is strengthening because few new self-storage sites are being built. Banks and other lenders, burned lately by commercial loans that went sour, are particularly reluctant to finance self-storage facilities, of which there are already more than 20,000 nationwide.
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February 17, 1991 | ALAN PRENDERGAST, Alan Prendergast, a Denver-based free-lancer, wrote "The Poison Tree" (Avon)
'EXCUSE ME. My mom--I woke up, she's dead on the staircase." The dispatcher at the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office wasn't sure she'd heard it right. The voice on the line was that of a little girl, whimpering something about her mother. "She's sick?" "She's dead on the staircase! There's blood, OK?" "What is your name?" "Bente Shoen. I live in the Ski Ranches--in a big log house. There was blood on the bed. Please send somebody." "OK. You said she's not alive now?"
BUSINESS
January 10, 2001 | Lisa Girion
U-Haul International Inc. is considering appealing a Los Angeles court decision that 480 current and former employees were improperly classified as managers and denied overtime wages, said Bill Kannow, an attorney representing the Phoenix-based company. In a hearing set for April, the plaintiffs will argue they are owed more than $10 million in overtime pay, said Matthew A. Kaufman, an attorney representing the current and former employees participating in the class-action lawsuit.
BUSINESS
March 16, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Judge OKs Settlement in U-Haul Case: Federal Bankruptcy Judge James M. Marlar approved a plan by the board of Amerco Inc., corporate parent of U-Haul International Inc. of Phoenix, to pay the remaining $313.8 million owed on a judgment in favor of U-Haul founder Leonard S. Shoen and six of his children. The judge's decision settles a family feud that began in 1986 when Joe and Mark Shoen forced their father, now 79, into early retirement and began a push to control the company.
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March 18, 1995 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A U-Haul employee was hospitalized Friday after passing out from fumes caused by what may have been a mobile drug lab in an abandoned rental truck, authorities said. The truck was found abandoned Thursday at a truck stop in Castaic, said Lt. Steve Dolan of the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station. It was towed to a U-Haul facility in Canyon Country, where an employee was assigned to clean it out Friday morning.
BUSINESS
November 23, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Complaint Against U-Haul Ads Referred to FTC: In an unusual move, the National Advertising Review Board, the advertising industry's self-regulatory agency, referred to the Federal Trade Commission a complaint against the company's advertised "guaranteed reservations" claims. The board said it made the referral after U-Haul International Inc. failed to indicate that it would comply with the board's recommendation to quit using the potentially misleading claim in its Yellow Pages ads.
BUSINESS
August 18, 1992 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The self-storage business, by most accounts, is doing nicely these days. Demand for mini-warehouse space is gradually rising, and the average facility is 80% to 90% full. Rental prices also are edging higher. The market is strengthening because few new self-storage sites are being built. Banks and other lenders, burned lately by commercial loans that went sour, are particularly reluctant to finance self-storage facilities, of which there are already more than 20,000 nationwide.
BUSINESS
June 20, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
U-Haul Gets Financing: A group of 11 investors provided $102.5 million in financing to the parent company of U-Haul International Inc. as the company struggles to whittle down a huge outstanding debt. "This financing allows us to continue as a healthy, viable company," said E. J. Shoen, president of U-Haul and chairman of the parent company Amerco. Shoen refused to say how much debt would be paid or the total amount of debt outstanding.
NATIONAL
November 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A King County jury has awarded $15.5 million to a Renton woman who was disfigured and blinded in February 2004 when part of an entertainment center flew from a rented U-Haul trailer and crashed through her windshield. Maria Federici's lawyers had sought $38 million in damages. Jurors found U-Haul most liable, ordering it to pay two-thirds of the award, and said the driver who was towing the entertainment center, James Hefley, should pay the rest.
MAGAZINE
February 17, 1991 | ALAN PRENDERGAST, Alan Prendergast, a Denver-based free-lancer, wrote "The Poison Tree" (Avon)
'EXCUSE ME. My mom--I woke up, she's dead on the staircase." The dispatcher at the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office wasn't sure she'd heard it right. The voice on the line was that of a little girl, whimpering something about her mother. "She's sick?" "She's dead on the staircase! There's blood, OK?" "What is your name?" "Bente Shoen. I live in the Ski Ranches--in a big log house. There was blood on the bed. Please send somebody." "OK. You said she's not alive now?"
BUSINESS
September 4, 1990 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the early hours of Aug. 6, Eva Berg Shoen, 44, was shot to death with a .25-caliber pistol as she slept in her deluxe log home, set amid aspen and spruce trees outside the rustic, 1880s-vintage ski town of Telluride. Investigators were stumped. The shooting smacked of a professional hit. But why, nervous townspeople wondered, would anyone kill this pleasant, blonde, Norwegian-born woman who had moved with her family to the area for its small-town atmosphere?
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