Weber's restraining order against H+K extended

DALLAS: A Dallas district court judge has extended Weber Shandwick's temporary restraining order against Hill+Knowlton Strategies and two senior executives at the firm.

DALLAS: A Dallas district court judge has extended Weber Shandwick's temporary restraining order against Hill+Knowlton Strategies and two senior executives at the firm. Weber accused the executives in January of stealing confidential information, clients, and employees from Weber.

District court judge Emily Toblowsky extended the restraining order through May 4, when the two sides are due at a hearing in Dallas.

Weber alleged in January that H+K COO Ken Luce and EVP Jodi Venturoni, both former Weber employees, tried to lure other former colleagues and clients to H+K despite signing agreements pledging not to do so, according to court documents seen by PRWeek.

Weber also claims Venturoni sent confidential information to a personal account from her company email address while still working for the firm, according to court filings.

Venturoni, who joined H+K in January, was Weber's Southwest president for 13 years, while Luce, a 15-year veteran of Weber and its former Southwest and California market president, resigned in fall 2010. Luce started work at H+K in January 2011.

Weber declined comment on the matter.

H+K said in a statement that it is “confident that individuals choose to join its Dallas office because they want to be part of H+K's efforts to expand its presence in Dallas and because of the exciting opportunities H+K has to offer.”

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