At that time, Weber Shandwick had been granted a temporary restraining order against H+K, Weber’s COO Ken Luce, and EVP Jody Venturoni. Weber alleged a breach of contract by the two execs, both longtime Weber staffers. The settlement involves H+K, Luce, Venturoni, and Luce’s company MaximaGroup. Both execs left Weber Shandwick after 15 years. Others left Weber for H+K in the months leading up to the filing.
Weber’s lawsuit alleged that Venturoni had “misappropriated” confidential documents, according to today’s press release from the firm. And, according to Weber’s release, Luce had “improperly solicited Weber Shandwick employees and clients.”
“This action arises out of Defendants’ unlawful and deceitful misappropriation of Plaintiff Weber Shandwick’s confidential information and trade secrets as part of a predatory assault against Plaintiff Weber Shandwick intended to damage Weber Shandwick’s operations in the Southwest United States and beyond by, among other things, stealing confidential information, clients and employees.”
The details of the settlement are confidential, but Venturoni did release a statement, available after the jump.