DIANE DOES VEGAS: Diane von Furstenberg is expanding her reach and opening her first DVF shop in Las Vegas this January — her fourth unit in the U.S., and 23rd worldwide. The 1,445-square-foot boutique will be located at The Shoppes at the Palazzo. Its design, by Dan Wood and Amale Andraos of architecture firm WORKac, will resemble her Meatpacking District flagship in Manhattan, with white walls, lilac floors, mirrors across the ceiling and diamond-shaped pink banquette. The window display will feature a small stage, with a lightbox backdrop showcasing several tableaux vivant. The boutique will offer categories such as ready-to-wear, swimwear, handbags and shoes, and the DVF by H. Stern jewelry collection. “Las Vegas is booming and thriving, so it was too irresistible not to have a DVF shop there,” said the designer.

MALL COURT CASE: A Superior Court jury in Los Angeles awarded $15 million in punitive damages to California mall developer Caruso Affiliated on Tuesday in a lawsuit against rival General Growth Properties Inc. The money is in addition to $74.2 million in compensatory damages awarded last week. General Growth said it will appeal. Caruso alleged that General Growth, owner of the Glendale Galleria, intimidated The Cheesecake Factory when it explored leasing at Caruso’s Americana at Brand shopping center, as well as interfering with Caruso’s business. General Growth had filed two lawsuits challenging the construction of Americana at Brand, but Glendale voters approved zoning changes to permit Caruso’s $369 million open-air lifestyle center, which is to open in April.

OTIS SCHOLARSHIP GIFT: Roger Wyett, chief executive officer of Nike Inc.-owned lifestyle brand Hurley and former vice president of global apparel at Nike, announced a five-year $750,000 endowment gift for fashion design scholarships at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Hurley chairman Bob Hurley added a contribution of $250,000.

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