LOS ANGELES: Following a four-month postponement, the federal criminal trial of former Fleishman-Hillard, LA GM Doug Dowie and ex-SVP John Stodder is set to start April 4.
The two have been charged with conspiracy and wire fraud in an alleged 2003 scam to defraud the Department of Water and Power out of more than $300,000. Both men have pleaded not guilty.
In April of last year, Fleishman settled the multimillion-dollar overbilling lawsuit brought against it by the city with a $5.7 million settlement.
In the related civil case that he has filed against Fleishman, Dowie last week submitted a memorandum in response to a motion for summary judgment made in federal court earlier this month by Fleishman.
Dowie contended that his wrongful-dismissal suit should go forward. The next hearing in that suit is scheduled for May 8.
"With the pending trial, it's inappropriate to comment," said Richard Kline, regional president, senior partner, and current GM of Fleishman's LA office.
The firm "continues to cooperate with authorities," he said.