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Fri., Jan. 10, 2014
PR Firm Quits Chemical Company in Spill
By Greg Hazley
freedomUpdated 1/13/2014: Charleston, W.V., PR firm Charles Ryan & Associates has dropped the chemical company in a Jan. 9 spill that left 300K without clean drinking water in the Mountain Sta
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Jan. 10, 2014
Nicolazzo: Christie's Press Conference Debacle
By Richard Nicolazzo
Stepping up and taking responsibility is the right thing to do in a crisis, but Gov. Chris Christie’s unprecedented, 107-minute press conference was so far over the top that it defies logic.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Jan. 9, 2014
PR Pros React to Christie Press Conference
By Greg Hazley
PR pros react on Twitter to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's "Bridgegate" scandal press conference today:
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 30, 2013
Private Service Training Firm Rejects Harper's Portrait
By Jack O'Dwyer
Louise StarkeyMary Louise Starkey, founder of the Starkey International Institute, Denver, has rejected many of the claims and statements in the 16-page description of the Institute that is the cover story in the January Harper's authored by John P. Davidson.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 30, 2013
Duck Dynasty Crisis Shows Power of Social Media
By David Johnson
Duck DynastyThe A&E Network announced last week that they were lifting their suspension of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson and bringing him back less than a week after suspending him for remarks he made in GQ in regards to homosexuals and African-Americans.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Nicolazzo: School Heads Have One of the Toughest PR Jobs in America
By Richard Nicolazzo

nicolazzoWe’ve learned that while schools conduct table-top mock drills and maintain simple “crisis contact lists,” few have specific, written contingency crisis communications plans in place.

Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Lululemon Dons PR Support in Corporate Shakeup
By Greg Hazley

lululemonLululemon athletica, the Vancouver-based yoga apparel marketer roughed up on the PR front this year, retained Weber Shandwick to handle news of its CEO succession and exit of its outspoken chairman this week.

Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Nov. 6, 2013
Barneys Uses SF Crisis Pro in 'Shop and Frisk' Scandal
By Kevin McCauley
michael yakiBarneys New York, the upscale retailer immersed in an alleged "shop and frisk" policy toward black shoppers crisis, has retained a civil rights consultant/crisis PR/PA pro to review its customer service practices.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Oct. 31, 2013
Security Screener That Vetted Snowden Finds PR Help
By Greg Hazley
usisUS Investigations Services, the background screener and security firm that vetted rogue contractor Edward Snowden for government work, has engaged crisis PR counsel as it faces legal and image fallout.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Oct. 31, 2013
NYT Foster Obit Repeats Tylenol PR Myths
By Jack O'Dwyer
The New York Times obit for Lawrence Foster, former VP-PR of Johnson & Johnson who died on Oct. 17, came two weeks after his death and reiterates PR myths surrounding the Tylenol murders.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Oct. 25, 2013
Detroit Retirees Make PR, Legal Pitch Amid City Bankruptcy
By Greg Hazley
detroitA union for thousands of retired employees of the bankrupt city of Detroit is receiving PR support from a Bloomfield Hills, Mich., firm close to the auto industry.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Oct. 21, 2013
Death of J&J's Foster Revives Tylenol Myths
By Jack O'Dwyer
fosterThe death on Oct. 17 of Lawrence Foster, 88, former VP-PR of Johnson & Johnson, has touched off a slew of false references to how J&J reacted in the wake of seven people dying in 1982 after taking poisoned Tylenol Extra Strength capsules.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Oct. 18, 2013
Poultry Producer in Salmonella Scare Gets PR Counsel
By Greg Hazley
chickenFoster Farms, the Livingston, Calif., poultry producer suspected by the USDA as the source of a salmonella outbreak this month, is leaning on a San Francisco PR firm for support.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Oct. 17, 2013
Bankrupt Detroit Pays $85K for PR
By Greg Hazley
detroitDetroit paid $85K to two PR firms during the six-month period ending Aug. 31, according to an interim report released Sept. 30.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Aug. 30, 2013
WV Firm Tackles Power Plant Bankruptcy
By Greg Hazley

longviewLongview Power, which runs a $2B coal-fired power plant in West Virginia and four coal mines, has engaged a W.V.-based PR firm to guide communications through its Aug. 30 Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Aug. 21, 2013
Miss Universe Snagged in Russia's Anti-Gay Law Flap
By Kevin McCauley
Miss Universe 2012 Olivia CulpoMiss Universe Organization, which is holding its 2013 pageant in Moscow in Nov. 9, is snagged in the push-back against Russia’s controversial law to ban “gay propaganda.”
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Aug. 14, 2013
Five PR Lessons From the Imploding Weiner Campaign
By Bill Huey
bill hueyNothing can save Anthony Weiner's campaign, but if you are ever advising someone trying to make a comeback, it might serve you well to remember these five PR lessons.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Aug. 6, 2013
Solomon: How Not To Respond To PR Crises
By Arthur Solomon
solomonAll too often flawed responses to PR crises needlessly keep disasters in the news. Here are several examples that resulted in additional negative media coverage or, at the best, didn't help the situation.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Jul. 26, 2013
Sard Continues PR Defense of SAC Capital
By Greg Hazley
sacSard Verbinnen & Co continues to advise and represent longtime client SAC Capital as the hedge fund this week was hit by criminal charges and has faced probes for years.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Jul. 24, 2013
Joele Frank Aids Candy Recall
By Greg Hazley
brachsFerrara Candy Company, the hundred-year-old maker of iconic candy like Atomic Fireballs and Jaw Busters, is leaning on PR support as it recalls  large packages of Brach's Malted Milk Balls beacuse they may contain undeclared nuts, an allergy hazard.
Category: Crisis Communications
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