A PR War — In Court

The recent parting of ways of a high-profile Knoxville public relations executive from his employer, a leading Knoxville public relations firm, apparently is not amicable, reports Bill Brewer..

Ackermann PR, which has done business in Knoxville for 29 years, is suing its former executive vice president, Mike Cohen, and is seeking a temporary restraining order to stop him from taking Ackermann clients to his new company. In addition to the restraining order, the firm said it will ask a judge to make an injunction permanent.
The firm also is seeking to recover any damages and losses arising from the dispute. Cohen recently announced the opening of Cohen Communications Group.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Ackerman PR claims Cohen informed company founder and CEO Cathy Ackermann on April 25 that he was resigning to start his own public relations firm and informed Ackermann that several of the firm’s clients had agreed to join him in his new venture, which would compete with Ackermann PR.
Cohen then supplied a memo to Ackermann identifying eight clients of the firm that he had spoken to before his resignation, informing them of his plans to leave Ackermann PR, according to the 12-page complaint filed in Knox County Chancery Court.
…The firm also is seeking to recover any damages and losses arising from the dispute. Cohen recently announced the opening of Cohen Communications Group.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Ackerman PR claims Cohen informed company founder and CEO Cathy Ackermann on April 25 that he was resigning to start his own public relations firm and informed Ackermann that several of the firm’s clients had agreed to join him in his new venture, which would compete with Ackermann PR.
Cohen then supplied a memo to Ackermann identifying eight clients of the firm that he had spoken to before his resignation, informing them of his plans to leave Ackermann PR, according to the 12-page complaint filed in Knox County Chancery Court.

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