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Lion-Monroe Joins CommCore

Mon, Apr. 29, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

VIctoria Lion-MonroeVictoria Lion-Monroe, who has more than 25 years of marketing, branding and advocacy experience, has joined Washington’s CommCore Consulting Group, a top crisis and media training firm.

APCO Cuts Ties with Huawei

Fri, Apr. 26, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Don BonkerAPCO Worldwide has ended its nine-year relationship with Huawei, the Chinese electronics/ telecommunications giant that is at the heart of the US battle with China on the technology and trade fronts.

Apple Tightens the Purse Strings

Mon, Apr. 15, 2019

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianApple is facing PR blowback after recent reports surfaced of the tech giant being stingy with artists.

A Crisis Primer for the Social Media Era

Fri, Apr. 12, 2019

By Peter Burger

Peter BurgerThe old crisis management protocols of controlling the narrative while communicating the brand story doesn’t work in a digital age where every action is misconstrued as a misstep and anything you say can and will be used against you.

Tulchan Helps Indivior Battle Justice Dept.

Wed, Apr. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

SuboxoneTulchan Communications represents British pharmaceuticals company Indivior, which was indicted by a Virginia grand jury April 9 on 28 counts of healthcare, mail and wire fraud connected to its marketing of Suboxone Film, an opioid-based drug, as a treatment for opioid and heroin addiction.

Burger King’s Latest PR Blunder

Wed, Apr. 10, 2019

By Paris Kissel

Paris KisselBurger King drew negative public reaction after a recent ad campaign promoting a new burger was decried for its lack of cultural sensitivity.

Democrats Probe PN's $2.25M CMS Pact

Tue, Apr. 2, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesFour Democratic leaders have formally asked for a probe into whether funds from Porter Novelli's $2.25M contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services flowed to Republican communications consultants to burnish the brand of CMS administrator Seema Verma. (1 reader comment)

Huawei’s PR Headache Worsens

Mon, Apr. 1, 2019

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianRecently unveiled court documents regarding the December arrest of Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng add new embarrassing details to the Chinese telecommunications giant’s ongoing reputation woes. (2 reader comments)

Empire State Sues Opioid Makers/Distributors

Thu, Mar. 28, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Letitia JamesPurdue Pharma, J&J's Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Allergan, Endo Health, Teva Pharmaceuticals, McKesson, Cardinal Health and Amerisource Bergen Drug are among targets in deceptive marketing practices lawsuit filed today against opioid makers/distributors. (1 reader comment)

Sard Verbinnen Flies to Boeing Crisis Support

Wed, Mar. 27, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Dennis MuillenburgBoeing turned to Sard Verbinnen for crisis support in the days following the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash, according to the New York Times. Company initially faulted for failing to put a "human face" on crisis response.

Negative Publicity Response Can Boost Brand Value

Wed, Mar. 27, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Olivia JadeResearch shows that companies can sometimes gain value when responding to a celebrity endorser whose bad misbehavior has threatened their brand. (1 reader comment)

JW Childs Rebrands After Massage Parlor Raid

Tue, Mar. 26, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

John ChildsJW Childs Assocs, has rebranded as Prospect Hill Growth Partners following the Feb. 22 raid of a Florida massage parlor that netted its chairman/co-founder John Childs.

BCW Promotes, Defends Huawei's Reputation

Fri, Mar. 22, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

HuaweiBCW provided  Washington representation to Chinese telecom Huawei, which is banned from doing business with federal agencies and contractors due to its alleged espionage on behalf of China's government. (1 reader comment)

Goldin Solutions Speaks for Steinhardt

Fri, Mar. 22, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Michael SteinhardtGoldin Solutions represents billionaire philanthropist Michael Steinhardt, who has been accused of sexual harassment by seven women. (1 reader comment)

Racepoint Advises Embattled Huawei

Thu, Mar. 21, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Larry WeberHuawei Technologies enlisted Larry Weber’s Racepoint Global for PR and crisis support as it takes on the US law that bars governmental agencies and federal contractors from doing business with the Chinese company accused of espionage.

Felicity Huffman Gives Crisis Task to TASC

Wed, Mar. 20, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Felicity HuffmanFormer “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman has hired The TASC Group, New York firm that represented the family of murdered Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, to handle media surrounding her alleged involvement in the college admissions cheating scandal. (2 reader comments)

Many Brands Unprepared for Crisis

Mon, Mar. 18, 2019

By Jon Gingerich


Brands and their CMOs worry about the effects a crisis could have on their organization, but many admit feeling vulnerable to the impacts of a high-stakes crisis event and some don’t even have a communication plan in place, according to a recent report. (1 reader comment)

Ivy League Escapes PR Hit from Admissions Scandal

Mon, Mar. 18, 2019

By Lori Ruggiero

Lori RuggieroIvy League and other elite schools "caught up" in the college admissions scandal wil likelyl suffer little or no damage to their PR reputations. The episode though highlights the need for mid-tier schools to prove the value of their diplomas. (1 reader comment)

BDO Seeks Cash from BP's Bell

Mon, Mar. 4, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Tim BellBDO, which is administering the winding down of Bell Pottinger, is seeking $1.3M from Tim Bell for allegedly breaching his exit deal by making disparaging comments on the BBC about the collapsed firm, according to today’s Times of London.

CL-Media Works Retirement of J.W. Child's Accused Chair

Wed, Feb. 27, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

John ChildsCL-Media handled the retirement announcement of John Childs, chairman of Boston private equity firm J.W. Childs Assocs., who has been accused of soliciting prostitution after raid of Florida massage parlor.

Equifax Data Breach Crisis Vet Joins FTI

Mon, Feb. 25, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Meredith GriffantiMeredith Griffanti, who was strategy & communications leader for the office of transformation at Equifax, has joined FTI Consulting in Washington as managing director in its crisis & issues management practice.