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Kris Humphries Speaks; Kim Kardashian Keeps Selling Her Handbags

In our continuing coverage of the statements from people surrounding the Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries divorce, we finally have something from Mr. Kardashian-Humphries.

I’m committed to this marriage and everything this covenant represents. I love my wife and am devastated to learn she filed for divorce… I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make it work.

Well isn’t that dumb?

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PR Pro Joins Huffington Post Lawsuit

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Richard Laermer, founder and CEO of RLM PR, has been added to the list of 9,000 involved in the class action lawsuit against The Huffington Post brought on by blogger, author, and former political candidate Jonathan Tasini. The unpaid bloggers are seeking “an amount to be determined at trial but not less than $105 million.”

The lawsuit was filed in April. At that time, Tasini wrote in a blog post, “We live in a time of unrelenting class warfare… The greatest stage for that class warfare is in the workplace: CEOs and their top executives believe that they are the most important part of the company and that they should reap an obscene portion of the value created by WORKERS.”

Since then 30 pages and three other plaintiffs have been added to the lawsuit, which PaidContent calls a “legal long shot.” The PaidContent story also lays out the new arguments added to the case.

We emailed Laermer to learn of his reasons for joining the case. He gave us two.

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Former HARO PR Agency Filing Lawsuit Against Company

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PRNewser has learned that Propheta Communications, former agency for Peter Shankman‘s popular connect journalists with sources service, Help A Reporter Out (HARO), is in the process of filing suit against HARO’s parent company, Two Cats and a Cup of Coffee, LLC, owned by Shankman.

Propheta founder Kevin Mercuri tells PRNewser HARO is, “employing the age-old trick of trying to get out of a legally binding agreement. When less-than honorable folks don’t want to pay their bills, they disparage the vendor, saying that the vendor’s product or service is sub-par.”

Mercuri say he’s “disappointed” that HARO feels that “it’s somehow right to bash a company merely because they do not want to honor their contract.”

HARO denies any wrong doing. Shankman tells PRNewser, “HARO engaged Propheta Communications to handle public relations duties during the summer of 2009. After working with Propheta for several weeks, we decided to shift the direction of our communications strategy.”

Shankman says his firm discussed the change with Mercuri, with both sides agreeing “on a mutual release from our contract.” He adds, “[W]e believe Propheta’s allegations are without merit, and don’t believe this to be an issue.”

PRNewser first reported last Wednesday that HARO had parted ways with Propheta. The following day, a story appeared on Ragan.com that stated HARO had “quietly named” RLM PR as its “agency of record.”

In response to the Ragan.com post, PRNewser heard from RLM PR CEO Richard Laermer, who said HARO had concerns that Propheta, specifically that Mercuri, “would screw up the story for them.” Laermer says Mercuri, “did not understand HARO. Not one bit.”

If anything, there appears to be bad blood between RLM and Propheta. The background: Laermer once employed Mercuri, who left RLM to lead the Online and Technology division at 5W Public Relations as a Senior Vice President.