LOS ANGELES: In response to a motion for summary judgment filed in federal court earlier this month by Fleishman-Hillard, Douglas Dowie, the indicted former GM of Fleishman's Los Angeles office, submitted a memorandum yesterday contending that the civil trial should continue.
In a brief filed by Dowie's lawyer Michael Faber, he contends that Dowie was wrongfully terminated from his position "after nearly 14 years of stellar performance" as part of an FH strategy to avoid federal prosecution. Dowie, the filing states, "became something of a pincushion until he was fired in a most ignominious manner and thereby rendered virtually unemployable."
In addition, the memorandum once again alleges that the Omnicom-owned PR firm's top executives knowingly laundered more than $17,000 in the guise of staff-campaign contributions-turned-employee bonuses – and emphasizes Dowie's ostensibly adamant stance against this.
While the brief does admit that Dowie has enjoyed an at times "controversial" reputation, it also details ways in which he has been an outstanding and highly regarded member of both the Los Angeles community and his former firm. It also lays out several detailed examples of billing irregularities, purportedly devised by Dowie's St. Louis-based superiors.
"With the pending trial, it's inappropriate to comment," said Richard Kline, Fleishman regional president, senior partner, and current Los Angeles office general manager. He added that the firm continues to cooperate fully with authorities, and is "content to leave this to the justice system."
The next hearing in Dowie's civil lawsuit against the firm is scheduled for May 8.