The Devin James Group – the firm fired from its work with Ferguson, Missouri when its founder's prior conviction made headlines – is suing PR agency Elasticity for alleged payments owed, according to reports.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Devin James Group filed a breach of contract lawsuit earlier this week in St. Louis Circuit Court. The suit alleges that "between the end of August and October, the Devin James Group entered into a contract with Elasticity and provided consulting services and submitted invoices for $50,000. But Elasticity has refused to pay," according to the report.
Aaron Perlut, partner at Elasticity, said in an email to PRWeek he could not comment on pending litigation.
The Dispatch quoted Perlut as saying the allegations are "sadly unfounded," and that Elasticity and the Devin James Group never had a contract between them, but rather with the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, which hired both firms. Perlut told the Dispatch it’s the partnership’s responsibility to pay James’ firm, and it is "still determining what they believe he is effectively owed."
PRWeek reported in September that the partnership released the Devin James Group from work after the subcontractor’s discovery that Devin James, founder and president of the eponymous agency, was convicted of reckless homicide in 2006. James’ agency started working for Ferguson in August, following the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer – who would later be cleared of criminal charges by a grand jury.