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U.S. Court of Appeals Rules Against SeaWorld Parent Company

A U.S. appeals court has ruled against the parent company of SeaWorld San Diego, affirming a federal labor agency finding following the 2010 death of a whale trainer at the Florida park operated by SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.

Sheppard Mullin’s 10 New Lawyers Have Something in Common

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP pulled off one of San Diego legal community’s largest coups to date, enticing 10 top lawyers from McKenna Long Aldridge LLP to its ranks.

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E-Cigarettes Are Not Really a Burning Issue

LAW: Cities Move on Bans; Businesses’ Policies Vary

San Diego County and several cities in the region have moved to add electronic cigarettes to policies banning smoking in public places. But the business impact — if any — has yet to materialize.

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Petco Plans New Headquarters Site in Rancho Bernardo

Petco Animal Supplies Inc. plans to establish a new headquarters and support center in Rancho Bernardo, as the San Diego-based retailer consolidates operations currently located at sites in Miramar and Scripps Ranch.

EcoATM Names Stipp President

EcoATM, the maker of automated kiosks for trading in unwanted cellphones which was acquired by Outerwall for $350 million last year, named Maria Stipp as new president.

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El Cajon Store Will be Ninth Locally for Grocery Outlet

Discount retailer Grocery Outlet plans an April 17 opening for its new store at 350 N. 2nd Street in El Cajon. It will be the ninth San Diego County location for the Berkeley-based company.

Former Exec Pleads Guilty to Bilking Investors, Tax Evasion

Sven Erik Ulsteen, pleaded guilty to using forged and counterfeit securities to fleece more than $2 million from California investors, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

New World of Mobile Advertising Spurs Business Unit Creation

Marketing: Digitaria Hoping Big on Mars Will Make Big Impact on Clients

Digitaria, a digital marketing and advertising agency based in San Diego’s East Village, is developing a business unit that will specialize in software applications for mobile devices.

Fresh Healthy Vending Reports Sales Bookings for 187 Machines at Q3

Fresh Healthy Vending International Inc., a San Diego franchisor of vending machines filled with healthy snacks such as organic coffees and health bars, said it finished its fiscal third quarter ended in March with sales bookings for 187 machines expected to generate $1.87 million in future revenue.

Vistage Survey Finds Firms Planning to Hire

Fifty-eight percent of businesses surveyed for the first-quarter Vistage CEO Confidence Index plan to hire in the year ahead.

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Transit District Is Offering Coaster Service to Padres Games

North County Transit District will be offering its annual Coaster train services geared to those attending San Diego Padres home games during the 2014 season, starting March 30.

Credit Rating for a San Diego-Based Auto Insurer Is Downgraded

A.M. Best, a New Jersey-based firm that rates the financial health of insurers, said it downgraded the issuer credit rating for San Diego-based auto insurer Anchor General Insurance Co. from bbb+ to bbb, and affirmed the financial strength rating at B++ (Good).

SDSU's College of Business Administration Is Honored for Diversity Outreach

San Diego State University’s College of Business Administration, already widely-recognized as a top-rated business school, said it was named as one of the top MBA schools in the United States by Professional Women’s Magazine in its 2014 Best of the Best lists for the second year in a row.

Credit Rating for San Diego-Based Auto Insurer Is Downgraded

A.M. Best, a New Jersey-based firm that rates the financial health of insurers, said it downgraded the issuer credit rating for San Diego-based auto insurer Anchor General Insurance Co. from bbb+ to bbb, and affirmed the financial strength rating at B++ (Good).

SDSU's College of Business Administration Honored for Diversity Policies

San Diego State University’s College of Business Administration, already widely-recognized as a top-rated business school, said it was named as one of the top MBA schools in the United States by Professional Women’s Magazine in its 2014 Best of the Best lists for the second year in a row.