McCann, MDC in Lawsuit Settlement

Interpublic Group, McCann, MDC Partners and Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners have agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by McCann against the latter two firms.

In its original court filing, IPG’s McCann had alleged that its ex-New York chief Lori Senecal (pictured) breached the terms of her contract in hiring former McCann execs and soliciting business from clients of the shop. Senecal left McCann last August to join MDC-owned KBS as its chief executive officer.

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According to a joint statement released today by the companies, the terms of the agreement are as follows: There is no admission of wrongdoing on the part of any individuals or parties involved in the lawsuit and no payment of monetary damages or compensation of any kind.

In addition, MDC and KBS have agreed they will neither recruit nor hire anyone from McCann nor solicit nor service any McCann clients until after Oct. 31, 2010 or, in two instances, Jan. 31, 2011, after which the restrictions in the contracts of the former McCann employees will lapse.

See also: “McCann Erickson Sues MDC, KBS”