The obesity empire built by Julian and Michael Omidi comes under scrutiny by authorities after five deaths following Lap-Band surgeryIt's a Friday afternoon and the movie "Moneyball" is playing in a medical clinic waiting room at 9001 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills.
The waiting room of the Beverly Hills surgery clinic was teeming with customers on a recent Saturday, with many of the patients there for the weight-loss operation hawked on freeway billboards, bus placards, and TV and radio commercials across Southern California: 1-800-GET-THIN.
Amancio Ortega Gaona, already the world’s fourth-richest person based on the success of his Zara fashion retail stores, has quietly amassed a real estate empire worth as much as US$10-billion and is emerging as a formidable competitor for prime properties from London to Beverly Hills.
Relying on all-cash offers, he has outbid the world’s biggest institutional funds and professional property investors, such as Tishman Speyer Properties LP.
Beverly Hills' New Life Surgery Center, a clinic affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign, loses its accreditation.A Beverly Hills outpatient surgery center affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign has lost its accreditation, a step that prohibits the center from performing many surgeries.
Daniel Shin was accused of 'gross negligence' by regulators for treatment of a patient at a Beverly Hills clinic affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign.An anesthesiologist faulted for his treatment of a patient who died after Lap-Band surgery at a clinic affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign has been placed on five years' probation by the Medical Board of California.
Lap-Band's maker, Allergan, will no longer sell the device to facilities affiliated with the marketing campaign.The maker of the Lap-Band will no longer sell its product to clinics affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company — a blow to Southern California surgery centers that have built an empire implanting the weight-loss devices in people looking to shed pounds.
A second death linked by a coroner's report to the weight-loss surgery performed at a Beverly Hills clinic may prompt state regulators to take a closer look at the procedures marketed by TopSurgeons.The tragedy of Ana Renteria's life was in the way it ended: her body ravaged by infection 10 days after she had the Lap-Band weight-loss operation advertised on those billboards and radio spots bearing the phone number 1-800-GET-THIN .
A Hong Kong private equity firm that owns the Beverly Wilshire Hotel acquires the parcel at Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards — last sold for $500 million — and plans to move forward with plans for a condominium and retail complex.The site of a former department store in Beverly Hills considered one of the most desirable pieces of real estate in the country sold for $148.3 million on Tuesday to investors from Hong Kong and Singapore.
This 24-room Italian Mediterranean mansion was commissioned in 1929 by Harry Cohn, the cantankerous founder and president of Columbia Pictures.
Few of the swank palaces built by movie moguls during the Golden Age of Hollywood retain their original features like this Italian Mediterranean mansion in Beverly Hills. The stately 24-room home was commissioned in 1929 by Harry Cohn, the cantankerous founder and president of Columbia Pictures.