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How Is Your Firm Handling the Post-Recession Paradigm?

This was supposed to be the year where mid- to regional law firms were supposed to find some financial stability, some profit and loss breathing room, after laboring through five or six years of merger and acquisition and real estate drought.

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Cosmederm Itching to Take on the ‘Big Boys’

MEDICINE: Specialty Pharma Gets $50M to Support Drug

Cosmederm Bioscience Inc., a La Jolla-based specialty pharmaceutical company, has received a $50 million investment to help expand its TriCalm line — an over-the-counter steroid-free itch reliever that the company hopes will trump well-known competitors like over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream.

Oggi’s Opens Vista Location

Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Co. opened a new location in Vista, at 425 S. Melrose Drive.

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Pizza Port Brewing Co. Gets Nevada Distribution Deal

Pizza Port Brewing Co.’s craft beer will be distributed outside of Southern California for the first time, as Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, an alcoholic beverage distribution company, introduces it to the Las Vegas and Reno markets.

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Manchester Grand Hyatt to Open Marilyn Monroe Branded Spa

The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego plans to open a Marilyn Monroe Spas facility.

Ashford Leader Changes The ‘Campus’ Culture

EDUCATION: Reforms Keep Coming in Challenging Climate

It’s been two years since Richard Pattenaude was named president of Ashford University, and he’s still getting used to change that occurs much faster than at his past job.

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Chipotle Opens First Military Location at MCAS Miramar

Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill has opened its first military base restaurant at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

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Hilton Plans New Canopy Hotel in Downtown San Diego

Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide has a large new tower-style hotel planned for East Village, as part of a national rollout of a new upscale brand called Canopy by Hilton.

Batu Biologics Signs Licensing Agreement With UC San Diego

Batu Biologics Inc., an immunotherapy company developing a cancer vaccine, announced the signing of a license agreement with the Regents of the University of California, San Diego granting exclusive rights to peptide drugs developed at UC San Diego that have been proven to stimulate cancer-killing immune responses.

Lawsuit Filed Against Carlsbad Resort Over Poinsettia Fire

A lawsuit filed by property owners blames the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad for starting the Poinsettia Fire, which destroyed several homes and businesses in May.

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Hub International Gives San Diego Executive Additional National Duties

Mike Barone, president of Intercare Insurance Solutions and HUB's San Diego operations, has been named president of HUB’s National Employee Benefits Practice.

Robbins Geller Selected as One of Nation's Most Feared Litigation Firms

San Diego-based Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP has been selected as one of the “Most Feared Firms in Litigation” by BTI Consulting.

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Changing Courses

MBA Schools Offer Specialty Degrees To Meet Evolving Business Demands

The MBA, first introduced in 1908, remains the go-to degree for successfully advancing through the ranks into the corporate suite.

Impressive Slate for the Upcoming Bar Association Elections

It’s time to vote for next year’s leadership of the San Diego County Bar Association, and you should do it. Mostly, because you’ll be able to say you did at the SDCBA’s excellent Holiday Party, where new leadership is sworn in, but there are probably other good reasons as well.

Sustainable Finfish Farm Planned Off San Diego Coast

San Diego-based Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and private equity firm Cuna del Mar LP have filed permits to develop an environmentally sustainable, 5,000-metric-ton finfish farm off the San Diego coast.