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.
Beverly Hills, home to some of the priciest properties in the U.S., is becoming the site of an expensive battle over real estate.
On one side is developer Beny Alagem, who has flooded residents with calls and mailers promoting a November ballot measure to allow him to combine two planned condo towers into a single building that would be the tallest in the Southern California enclave. Alagem, owner of the Beverly Hilton hotel, has already spent US$3.1 million on the campaign, or almost $140 for each of the city’s 22,500 registered voters.
Beverly Hills Billionaires Stewart and Lynda Resnick control an agricultural empire in the Central Valley of California which Forbes values at $4.2BN. According to an article recently published by Mother Jones, the Beverly Hills based couple bought their first acres of ag land in 1978 as an inflation hedge. Within 20 years the Resnicks had grown to be the largest producer/packager of al
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.
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 .