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H+K Strategies, Weber Shandwick Reach a Settlement

Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Weber Shandwick have reached a settlement in the lawsuit Weber Shandwick filed back in January.

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.”

Court documents filed in January state:

“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.

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Expedia has chosen Fleishman-Hillard for PR services in the U.K., Germany, Italy, and France, the Holmes Report says. The firm replaces GolinHarris, FischerAppelt, Edelman, and Hopscotch in those countries, respectively. Work will target consumers with emphasis on social media and SEO, though it will not impact an existing relationship with We Are Social, a London digital firm. F-H has also brought Tom Berry on to lead the London tech practice. Berry was previously on the Bite Communications board.

The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center (HHDC) at The University of Oklahoma has chosen Hill+Knowlton Strategies as its AOR for work on developing global awareness of the institution and its work. The account will span over the course of a number of years and a number of offices, including Dallas, New York, and Washington D.C.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has chosen Porter Novelli for an educational campaign that was part of the Affordable Care Act. It’s a $20 million contract, and Weber Shandwick and Fleishman-Hillard also competed for the business. [via]

Front Row Tampa Bay, which will broadcast Web TV programming about economic opportunities in that region during the Republican National Convention, has chosen Hill+Knowlton Strategies. H+K services will include media outreach, marketing, and other comms support. The broadcast and the Convention will happen between August 27 and 30.

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Supima, the organization that promotes the American Pima cotton industry, has chosen Hill+Knowlton Strategies for consumer and digital PR. The firm will help the group with new branding and messaging, digital strategy, and consumer media relations in preparation for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Supima will be hosting its fifth Design Competition during the event.

The Coker Group, which includes wheel and tire manufacturers, a bicycle company, a speed shop, and more, has chosen JMPR as AOR. The firm will handle product launches, raise brand awareness, and conduct media and influencer outreach targeting collector car and restoration enthusiasts, events, and other key areas.

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The Big 12 Conference has chosen Hill+Knowlton Strategies as its AOR after a competitive search. Work will include brand positioning, media outreach, and stakeholder engagement. The account will be handled out of the Dallas office with help from Washington D.C. Competition in the Big 12 spans across 23 sports. Participating schools include Baylor University, Iowa State University, University of Kansas, and the University of Texas.

The McKnight Foundation, which supports policy reform across varying areas through grants and collaboration, has chosen Haberman for a comms program focused on its Collaborative Crop Research Program. This program supports farmers in “hunger hotspots” across South America and Africa. The firm works with clients that specialize in areas of philanthropy, public service, and otherwise “making a difference.”

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H+K Strategies’ New Offering Targets Political, Financial, Media Influencers

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has launched Influence Point, a new offering for the agency’s U.S. clients targeting political, financial, and media influencers with online advertising. The H+K research and digital teams have developed a proprietary methodology to serve up display, mobile, and video ads to the niche group of target influentials for a client’s campaign.

Andrew Bleeker, global digital practice director, and global chief technology officer Josh Hendler will manage the product, which will be run in collaboration with the Research+Data Insights group.

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Kitchen designer Wilsonart International has chosen CRT/Tanaka as AOR to promote the company’s countertop surface product, Wilsonart HD. The firm will target consumers, the home design industry, and commercial design area with influencer outreach, digital marketing, media relations, event support, and more. The new integrated campaign will launch at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Chicago happening next week.

NetApp, the IT storage company, has chosen Hill+Knowlton Strategies to handle PR in the EMEA region and Weber Shandwick for the Asia-Pacific region. The Holmes Report says as many as 20 firms were involved in the competitive search that began late last year. The company chose Bluetext for U.S. public sector outreach in January.

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Hill+Knowlton Strategies has been chosen as the global PR agency for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, taking place between September 19 and October 4 in and around Incheon Metropolitan City, South Korea. H+K has developed the “Cheer, Asia” campaign for the Games, focused on uniting all of Asia through this event. Next year, there will be a series of road shows in Guangzhou, Singapore, Tokyo, New Delhi, Dubai, and Almaty in preparation for the Games.

H+K has also been chosen to raise statewide and national awareness of The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The firm will work on media outreach, social media engagement, and marketing efforts for the organization.

GSE Systems has chosen Schubert Communications for branding, Web marketing, and outreach for the SimWorld International event later this year in Dubai. GSE provides simulation technology for training purposes at nuclear power plants, chemical processing plants, and related facilities.

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NUK USA, makers of pacifiers, teething rings, and other oral baby products and developmental tools, has chosen Hill+Knowlton Strategies for PR services. The firm’s consumer marketing practice will work on the account.

U.S. Cellular has chosen Ketchum after a competitive pitch that included MSLGroup, Ad Age reports. MSLGroup and a number of local agencies had previously worked on the account. U.S. Cellular has been steadily decreasing its ad spend over the past few years.

August Schell Brewing Co., makers of Schell’s and Grain Belt beers, has selected Padilla Speer Beardsley as its AOR. The firm will focus on brand strategy and an integrated marketing program (advertising, PR, digital) to promote the company’s 15 craft beers.

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Research: Despite Access, People Still Don’t Trust the Government, Corporations

A new report from Hill+Knowlton Strategies shows that despite more access to information, people don’t trust what they hear from government and business, nor do they feel they can hold companies accountable.

H+K conducted a national survey to get the public’s opinion on issues where government and businesses intersect. The results were not good.

Ninety percent, or almost all, of the people said they would sooner trust a friend or family member on company information than the company itself.

If only we could be more like the Swiss.  They really trust their government.

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