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Ricky Gervais doesn’t care if he’s ever asked back to host the Golden Awards Featured

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2012 Formula 1 season was one of the most exciting and eventful in history Featured

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Oscar Pistorius has never baulked at a hard challenge Featured

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Portuguese exports rose by 13.7 percent in August from a year ago Featured

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In Filing, News Corp. Says Publishing Business Showed $2.1 Billion Loss Featured

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U.S. economy grew faster in third quarter of 2012 Featured

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After losing to Obama, what should Mitt Romney do next? Featured

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EU’s new banking union will break the link between banks and public debt Featured

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L.A. joins list of cities banning sale of fur products

LOS ANGELES — The City Council moved forward Sept. 18 with a plan to become the largest city in America to ban the sale and manufacturing of nearly all fur products.

Councilman Paul Koretz said he hoped the proposal would lead to widespread bans around the globe.

“Los Angeles is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and if we can do it here, we can do it anywhere and hopefully we will be an example for the rest of the country and the rest of the world,” Koretz said at a news conference outside of Los Angeles City Hall before the unanimous vote.

“We’re not blazing a new trail here — San Francisco’s done it, West Hollywood’s done it, but never a city of our size, so we hope that New York City and Chicago and Miami are all watching,” Koretz said.

The proposal by Koretz and Councilman Bob Blumenfield, approved on a 12-0 vote, directs the city attorney’s office to draft an ordinance outlining the ban, which must come back to the City Council for approval and be signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in order to become law.

Koretz and Blumenfield are proposing a two-year phase-in period if an ordinance is ultimately passed.

“Today the city council has a choice to make — to step up and tell the world that we will no longer tolerate the arcane and inhumane practice of the fur trade,” Blumenfield said at the news conference that also featured actresses Joanna Krupa and Maggie Q, No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal and other celebrities.

“Today we will have an opportunity to step up and ban the sale and manufacturing of all fur products in Los Angeles or we can stand back and let this opportunity pass us by, but we are not going to do that,” Blumenfield said.

The potential fur ban could end up including some exemptions, including furs of animals trapped by California Fish and Game license holders and fur items worn or used for religious purposes, such as fur hats worn by Hasidic Jews on a variety of religious occasions.

It was not clear what economic impact such a ban could have on the city. A report from the Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst said the city does not keep track of fur sales specifically. A ban would not prohibit the sale of used fur products.

The report noted that the cities in California which have banned fur — San Francisco, Berkeley and West Hollywood — all included exclusions to allow the sale of products made from trapped animals due to a court ruling. A Superior Court judge found West Hollywood’s fur ban ordinance to be in conflict with the California Fish and Game Code, which allows the purchase and sale of products or handicraft items made from fur-bearing mammals and nongame mammals lawfully taken under the authority of a trapping license.

The council’s vote directs the Los Angeles city attorney to consider a possible exemption for fur made from trapped animals, but also to consider if the exemption is necessary. Koretz previously said the number of such furs in circulation are a “minor factor.”

In March, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to make the city the largest in the nation to ban the sale and manufacturing of fur. The ban takes effect Jan. 1 but allows furriers and other retailers to sell current inventory until Jan. 1, 2020.

“I am here taking a stand for those who cannot. I support the Los Angeles city fur ban and believe the city’s ready to go cruelty free,” Krupa said. “Foxes and other animals used for their fur live horrible lives locked in cages only to be electrocuted, skinned alive and used for fur.”

 

No new trial planned in sale of former convent

LOS ANGELES — A judge said she will not hold any hearings for a new trial in the wake of a settlement between a Silver Lake businesswoman who agreed to collectively pay $6.5 million to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Katy Perry for interfering in the sale of a former Los Feliz convent to the singer.

However, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick said she will hold status conferences through 2021 for updates on whether Dana Hollister is making her scheduled settlement payments.

In 2017, a jury found Hollister liable for slander of title, interference with contractual relations and interference with prospective economic advantage. The panel awarded the archdiocese $3.47 million in compensatory damages and $1.57 million to Perry and her company, The Bird Nest LLC.

The jury also found that Hollister acted with malice, oppression or fraud, triggering the second phase of trial to determine if the archdiocese, the California Institute of the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary and Perry should be awarded punitive damages. The panel awarded another $10 million in December for a total of $15 million.

In June, the parties reached a settlement in which Hollister agreed to pay the archdiocese, Perry and The Bird Nest $6.5 million with interest.

The first payment, for $1 million, is due by July 25, 2019. Another $2 million is required by July 25, 2020, and the final payment of $3.5 million by Jan. 25, 2021.

Archdiocese lawyer Kirk Dillman said it is up to his client and Perry to decide how the $6.5 million settlement money will be divided.

Hollister’s attorney, Daniel Allender, said he wanted to keep the door open for a hearing on a motion for a new trial as a precaution.

“I don’t know if the other parties will keep their end of the bargain,” Allender said.

But Bowick said such a motion would not be appropriate in the wake of the settlement. Archdiocese lawyer M. Storm Byrd said the new-trial issue signaled a return by Hollister to “a pattern of behavior of stalling and delaying.”

Hollister made her purchase of the onetime convent with the cooperation of Sisters Rita Callanan and Catherine Rose Holzman, who maintained they had the authority to sell the Waverly Drive property to the businesswoman.

Bowick later canceled the deal.

Holzman and Callanan, who died in March, were among five members of the institute and were the only members who opposed the sale of their former home to the 33-year-old “Roar” singer.

The sale to Perry was for $14.5 million, consisting of $10 million in cash and an agreement to provide an alternative property for a house of prayer worth $4.5 million, according to the archdiocese. In contrast, Hollister paid $44,000 and agreed to a contingent promissory note to pay $9.9 million in three years, Dillman said.

Callanan still has an appeal pending in the case and has not yet decided whether to pursue it, her attorney, Neil Lloyd, told the judge during the hearing via speaker phone.

 

Palladium settles lawsuit over fall from balcony

LOS ANGELES — A settlement was reached Sept. 12 in a lawsuit against the Hollywood Palladium and Live Nation Worldwide Inc. stemming from severe injuries the brother of Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin suffered during a 2013 fall from a balcony, but it was the unusual note on which the jury was discharged that might have upstaged the resolution itself.

At the request of Debra Chang, the attorney for plaintiffs Ilan and Aaron Rubin and the latter’s 32-year-old wife, Anya, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William MacLaughlin allowed her to play a video of the brothers in studio while Ilan sang the Beatles’ 1965 hit “In My Life.”

In a more serious mood, Chang had told jurors hearing opening statements that the 36 1/2-inch railing Aaron Rubin, then 33, tumbled over on Nov. 7, 2013, was not sufficiently high to prevent most men from falling over it in certain conditions.

Aaron Rubin, who is about 6-feet tall and weighs about 260 pounds, fell about 14 feet to the floor below during a frenzied encore performance of “Dammit” by Blink 182, suffering a brain injury that has limited his ability to get work in the music field, Chang said.

The lawyers and the judge met in chambers for a short time before coming out and announcing the settlement on what was to be the second day of trial. No terms were divulged. The judge then brought the jury into the courtroom to inform them their service was done.

The jurors clapped after watching the high-definition footage of the Rubin brothers. MacLaughlin, who is in his 80s, said what they just saw was something even he hadn’t experienced in a legal career spanning six decades.

“I think it’s a first for me as well,” said MacLaughlin, who added that he has no intention of stepping down soon.

MacLaughlin jokingly invited defense attorney Michael Schonbuch to provide some “equal time” personal entertainment of his own, but the lawyer declined, saying “I have no skills.”

However, Schonbuch told jurors that although Ilan Rubin was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against his clients, the musician and the Nine Inch Nails will perform there in December. The group is scheduled to do six shows.

Schonbuch also said Ilan Rubin was allowed to enter the Palladium’s VIP section to watch a 2017 performance of the Pixies.

The Rubin brothers left shortly before the jury entered, but before they did so Schonbuch huddled with them for a few moments. He told jurors he apologized to the siblings for what happened that night.

“No one wants anybody to get hurt,” Schonbuch said.

Noting that Ilan Rubin was headed for the airport after leaving the courtroom, the judge said, “Get going. Good luck in your career.”

Schonbuch, on behalf of defendants Live Nation Worldwide Inc. and CH Palladium LLC, told jurors that Aaron Rubin fell and was injured due to his own reckless behavior. Schonbuch alleged that Chang, in her opening statement, changed the version of events about how her client fell because the first one that had been used for years made no sense.

Schonbuch said three young women who attended the concert saw Rubin run down a set of stairs, bump into them and then appear to jump over the railing.

CH Palladium owns the Palladium and Live Nation is a tenant.

According to Chang, Ilan Rubin, now 30, had performed with Nine Inch Nails on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show” earlier that day and went with his brother to see Blink 182 afterward. Aaron Rubin had a working relationship with Blink 182 singer Tom DeLonge, who helped found the band and has since left the group, according to Chang.

Chang said the crowd grew to a frenzy when Blink 182 began performing “Dammit” and within 20 seconds, Aaron Rubin got up and walked toward the railing, tumbling over it and falling on his face below. She said that if the railing was about 42 inches high, it would likely have prevented him from falling over while also making it safer for most men more than 5-feet-6 inches tall.

Ilan Rubin alleged negligent infliction of emotional distress and Anya Rubin, now 32, claimed loss of consortium.

 

 

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