Saturday, March 12, 2005

:: adgruntie :: Gaffs

+ John Travolta has upset Heineken after he said he doesn't drink alcohol. This comes after the launch of an ad campaign for Heineken featuring Travolta as Chili Palmer from "Get Shorty" and "Be Cool".

+ So now that the Ogivly case is over, there's more legal "fun" happening in the world of Adland. Back in Feburary 17 Saatchi&Saatchi employees who worked on the General Mills account walked out after Mike Burns resigned. Then, during this week, the 17 got hired by Interpublic to work in their new unit that will market to youth and families with a focus on health and wellness. And now, Saatchi&Saatchi is suing Mike Burns. has a PDF of the lawsuit for Saatchi & Saatchi which claims that Burns voilated his contract with the company, made "improper use of confidential and proprietary information", told employees they should consider leaving the company so that they could set up an agency to handle the General Mills account, approached senior members of General Mills about moving the account, and continued to encourage Saatchi staff under him to leave to work for him. They are seeking damages of $3million at a minimum in total for each Cause of Action (of which there are three). Now considering that Burns is was a vice chairman and worldwide account director for the General Mills account, you'd think he would have known better. Heck, I know better. Especially after he had signed contracts with the company which stated things like for one year after ending employment with the agency he would not attempt to take employees with him, he would not attempt to take clients away, etc...basically most of the things that the lawsuit states he did.

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