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May 28, 2004 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
At Wet Seal Inc.'s annual meeting Thursday, the seven directors of the teen clothier -- men in suits and ties with an average age of 66 -- sat on the dais as a music video showed young people dancing suggestively. Next to the staid men were mannequins adorned in short skirts and low-slung jeans. The disconnect didn't escape shareholders. Might Wet Seal consider adding "new blood with some fresh ideas" to the board, a man in the audience asked? Some women, perhaps?
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BUSINESS
May 26, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Wet Seal Inc., which sells trendy clothes to teens and young women, said Tuesday that it had dropped a lawsuit alleging that rival Bebe Stores Inc. improperly hired a former Wet Seal executive. The suit, filed by Wet Seal in Orange County Superior Court in February, alleged that Greg Scott, who had resigned as president of Wet Seal's Arden B. unit the previous month, violated his employment agreement when he joined Bebe as chief executive and that Bebe may have garnered confidential information.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2004 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Wet Seal Inc., its losses widening as it struggles to reconnect with teenage girls, said Thursday that it was launching a new marketing campaign that includes using fashion-savvy teens to keep it clued in to hot trends. The Foothill Ranch-based retailer also announced that it has hired Anne Zehren, former publisher of Teen People magazine, as a "teen culture consultant" to help develop marketing plans to pull customers into stores.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2004 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
In another blow to Wet Seal Inc., a Superior Court judge Monday denied the struggling retailer's request for a preliminary injunction that it claimed was needed to protect its trade secrets and stem the flow of workers to competitor Bebe Stores Inc. The hearing is just one skirmish in a legal battle that is underway involving the two retail rivals and Bebe Chief Executive Greg Scott, who until January was president of Wet Seal's Arden B. division.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2004 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Wet Seal Inc., which has spent the last two years trying to regain its footing, will turn to a Superior Court judge today for a hand. The retailer is scheduled to ask the judge to protect its trade secrets and help stem the flow of employees to a rival chain-store operator. Certainly, Wet Seal needs an assist. The company, based in Foothill Ranch, is in one of the most turbulent segments of retailing: Selling clothes to trend-hungry teenage girls and young women.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2004 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Hurt by fashion missteps, wimpy sales and hefty merchandise markdowns, Wet Seal Inc. tripled its loss in the fourth quarter and offered a disappointing projection for the start of its new fiscal year. The retailer of clothes and accessories for teens and young women reported a net loss of $17.8 million, or 60 cents a share, for the three months that ended Jan. 31, compared with a loss of $5.6 million, or 20 cents, in the fourth quarter a year earlier.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2004 | Dana Calvo, Special to The Times
Retailer Wet Seal Inc. has won a temporary restraining order against a former company employee who two weeks ago was named chief executive of a key rival in the coveted young women's apparel market. The court order against Greg Scott, former president of Wet Seal's Arden B. division, prohibits him from luring Wet Seal workers to his new employer, Bebe Stores Inc., or disclosing Wet Seal trade secrets. That, analysts say, means Scott cannot attempt to raid Arden B.'
BUSINESS
February 24, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Wet Seal Inc., a retailer of clothing for young women, said Monday in a lawsuit that rival Bebe Stores Inc. improperly hired the former president of Wet Seal's Arden B. division as chief executive. The suit, filed in Orange County Superior Court, claims that Greg Scott, who resigned as president of Arden B. last month, violated his employment agreement and that Bebe may have misappropriated confidential information. Scott last week was tapped as the top officer at Brisbane, Calif.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2004 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Troubled retailer Wet Seal Inc., which this week resolved a wage dispute involving contract factory workers, said Thursday that it had agreed to pay as much as $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit by California store managers who claimed they were wrongly denied overtime pay. Wet Seal admitted no wrongdoing in either case. Nonetheless, Chief Executive Peter D.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2004 | Leslie Earnest
Wet Seal Inc. agreed to pay $90,000 to four garment workers who said they were underpaid by one of the company's contractors. The settlement was the first time a retailer had agreed to pay garment workers under a state law that allows them to file claims for alleged labor violations against their employer as well as the firms that contract with the employer.
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