Making the cut are Interpublic
Omnicom's Goodby Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco, and Interpublic's Martin Agency, Richmond, Va., were cut afer the final presentations this week. Publicis Groupe's Fallon Worldwide, Minneapolis, withdrew last week, citing workload issues.
A decision is expected in early May.
Separately, the Lorillard Tobacco Co. refused to give a final $28.4 million payment to fund the foundation's anti-tobacco ad program, pending the outcome of its lawsuit against the foundation.
The suit alleges the foundation is villifying tobacco companies in its "Truth" anti-smoking ads, in violation of the Master Settlement Agreement. Lorillard owes the money as part of the 1998 agreement settling state tobacco suits that included some limits on the advertising.