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Category: Crisis CommunicationsReturn to Latest News
Thu., Jun. 16, 2016
Disney Tragedy Holds Important Lessons for PR
By Bill Huey
 
bill hueyThe tragic death of Lane Graves, the two-year-old-boy from Nebraska who was attacked by an alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort this week, holds some important lessons for PR practitioners. (2 reader comments)
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Jun. 8, 2016
Lawsuits, Scandalized Biz Associates, Hit MWW Group
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Michael KempnerMWW Group, which is suing McDonald’s for $5.2M and is itself being sued for $830,177 by two suppliers, also is getting bad ink by ties to lobbyist Patricia Lynch and ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner. (2 reader comments)

 
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Jun. 8, 2016
Kenneth Starr Turns Sex Scandal into Bigger PR Crisis
By Ronn Torossian
 
ronn torossianBaylor president and chancellor Kenneth Starr was grossly unprepared to deal with that university’s negligent handling of a sexual assault scandal.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., May 24, 2016
CRF Calls in kglobal for Recall PR
By Editorial Staff
 
CRF Frozen FoodsCRF Frozen Foods, the Pasco, Wash.-based processor of frozen vegetables and fruits, has engaged kglobal for PR support as it faces a massive recall across 42 brand names over an outbreak of listeria.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., May 20, 2016
Burson-Marsteller Aids Russia Amid Olympic Scandal
By Editorial Staff
 
Russian athleteBurson-Marsteller Europe is advising Russia as the country faces allegations of state-sponsored doping and potential bans of its athletes from the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., May 16, 2016
Tyson Chicken Combats Bathroom Rumors
By Ronn Torossian
 
Ronn TorossianWhile half of the country is busy arguing about who should be able to use the restroom, certain Tyson chicken employees are now claiming they can’t go to the bathroom at all. (1 reader comment)
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., May 3, 2016
Attorneys, Food Bloggers and the New Definition of Greenmailing
By Patrick Hillmann
 
Patrick HillmanNo industry has experienced the new greenmailing phenomenon with the same volume and intensity as natural products, primarily the food industry.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Apr. 28, 2016
Dealer in 'Bouvier Affair' Gets PR Help
By Editorial Staff
 
Yves BouvierThe Swiss art dealer at the center of a global scandal that rocked the art market has reportedly engaged PR counsel in the ongoing perception battle. (2 reader comments)
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Apr. 18, 2016
AMC Crosses Fans with Texting Suggestion
By Ronn Torossian
 
Ronn TorossianAMC Theatres learned the hard way that when you try to woo one group, sometimes you upset everyone else.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
Panama Papers Fiasco Reveals Operational Security Failures
By Ian Christopher McCaleb
 
Ian McCalebv Eric Lebson
The recently exposed 40-year trove of internal materials belonging to the Panama City-based law firm Mossack Fonseca offers plenty of security takeaways in today’s ever-evolving digital landscape.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Apr. 7, 2016
Zika: Contain the Crisis by Quelling the Fear
By Emma Beck
 
Emma BeckAs crisis communicators, addressing anxiety and restoring clients with a sense of control will better ensure the right decisions are made at the outset of a situation.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Apr. 4, 2016
Russell Has to Be Sorry He Recorded That Video
By Ronn Torossian
 
Ronn TorossianIt’s so easy to use technology to record our lives that many forget where the line between “should” and “no” should be. (1 reader comment)
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Apr. 1, 2016
Kekst Defends Brazilian Billionaire Amid Corruption Charges
By Editorial Staff
 
safraKekst and Company is guiding crisis PR for billionaire banker Joseph Safra as he faces corruption charges in Brazil. (1 reader comment)
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Mar. 29, 2016
De Niro Learns Not All Press Is Good Press
By Ronn Torossian
 
Ronn TorossianIn show business, the old adage that all publicity is good publicity is believed by some and followed by many.  But is it really true? (2 reader comments)
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Mar. 22, 2016
Terror Attacks Hit Brussels
By Editorial Staff
 
brusselsTerrorists hit Brussels Airport and a subway station in Belgium early today, killing more than 30 people by early accounts. ISIS has claimed responsibility. (5 reader comment)
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Mar. 16, 2016
Finsbury Aids JWT Amid Harassment Suit
By Editorial Staff
 
Gustavo MartinezJWT has hired Finsbury for crisis PR support as it faces a lawsuit alleging crude remarks by CEO Gustavo Martinez. (3 reader comments)
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Mar. 9, 2016
Play Relives Seven Tylenol Murders of 1982
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Death on the Supermarket Shelf“Death on the Supermarket Shelf,” a play about the seven Tylenol murders in the Chicago area in 1982, is running from March 4 to March 26 in Federal Way, Wash. The crime remains unsolved. No blame has ever attached to Johnson & Johnson, maker of Tylenols.

Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Mar. 1, 2016
Operation POTUS
By Chris Shigas
 
Rick French & Pres. ObamaIssues to consider when expecting a visit from the President of the United States.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Feb. 22, 2016
Crisis Management: A Choice of Perils
By Ronald N. Levy
 
ron levyBy helping the public realize the truth about the public interest, facts can prevail over fears in a crisis.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Feb. 19, 2016
Play About Seven 1982 Tylenol Murders Hammers J&J
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Death on the Supermarket Shelf“Death on the Supermarket Shelf” is a play about the seven Tylenol murders in 1982 that will run from March 4 to March 26 at the Centerstage Theatre, Federal Way, between Seattle and Tacoma, Wash. Johnson & Johnson is criticized.

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