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LOS ANGELES: Claiming that it would be difficult to find an impartial jury in LA, Fleishman-Hillard has asked for a change of venue in the city attorney's lawsuit against the firm, which charges the firm with overbilling on an account with the LA Department of Water and Power.

LOS ANGELES: Claiming that it would be difficult to find an impartial jury in LA, Fleishman-Hillard has asked for a change of venue in the city attorney's lawsuit against the firm, which charges the firm with overbilling on an account with the LA Department of Water and Power.

NEW YORK: Waggener Edstrom has been named AOR for Regus Group, a provider of workplace outsourcing solutions, including office space, business meeting places, virtual office services, and video conferencing.

DOWNINGTOWN, PA: FirstLab, an independent, third-party administrator of substance-abuse testing programs, has picked Schubert Communications as its agency of record.

NEW YORK: M Booth & Associates has been appointed AOR by Siemens Hearing Instruments to promote the technology behind Acuris hearing instruments. The account team will be led by Joyce Yaeger, SVP/director, healthcare group.

PORTLAND, OR: Ant Hill Marketing has been charged with handling the marketing for the Out of the Darkness Overnight fundraising event, a 20-mile overnight walk benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which will be held in Chicago in July.

WASHINGTON: Blackboard has appointed Tim Hill as SVP of marketing, where he will oversee product and solutions marketing, corporate brand strategy, marketing communications, market analysis and evaluation, and conferences and events. Before joining Blackboard, Hill was the founder and president of Hill Partners, an integrated marketing consultancy.

NORTH CAROLINA: C-SET (Carolinas Sports Entertainment Television), the regional sports and entertainment network serving the states of North and South Carolina exclusively, has named John Halpin as director of marcomms. Halpin comes to C-SET from USA Network, where he served as director of interactive marketing.

LOS ANGELES: Weiman Seid, most recently with Miramax Films, has left that studio to open his own New York-based entertainment agency, Fat Dot. Its clients include Sundance film Loggerheads and actor Sissy Spacek.

PHILADELPHIA: KFC has selected LevLane, a full-service marketing communications agency, as AOR for its restaurants in Portland and Bangor, ME.

CHESTER, NJ: Synchronoss Technologies, which provides telecom business process outsourcing to large service providers, has retained GraficaGroup as its agency of record.

NEW YORK: FEI Women's Health, manufacturer and distributor of the ParaGard IUD, has selected RC Auletta & Co. to develop a national PR program for the product. Hill & Knowlton and Ruder Finn also competed. Ogilvy previously held the account.

DENVER: Factory Design Labs, holding company for Factory Design, Beatport.com, and Outlook Music, has announced the addition of PR, e-public relations, and e-marketing to its client service offerings.

NEW YORK: CooperKatz & Company has won three new accounts in the tech/telecoms sector: FiberNet Telecom Group, a provider of managed network services; PubSub Concepts, a company that develops internet-scale publish/subscribe systems; and Topix.net, a topically driven news site that creates 150,000 news channels from more than 9,000 sources.

LOS ANGELES: Schwartzman & Associates, a boutique entertainment, media, and technology firm, has hired Hillary Smoot as VP. Smoot was most recently based in Las Vegas, representing Tropicana Resort & Casino, Planet Hollywood's Official All Star Caf?, and Luxor Las Vegas.

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