"Nothing has changed," said lawyers after the hearing.
Brendan Ryan, president of Interpublic Group of Cos.' FCB, and Dana Anderson, president-CEO of FCB, Chicago, were among the 10 lawyers and executives who met in the closed-door session with U.S. District Court Judge James F. Holderman.
Neither side would discuss the content or outcome of the meeting.
Additionally, PepsiCo and FCB will square off again Dec. 13 in Cook County, Ill., Circuit Court for a separate preliminary injunction hearing to decide whether FCB can handle Coca-Cola's Dasani bottled water brand.
PepsiCo in September pulled its $350 million Gatorade, Aquafina and Tropicana orange juice assignments out of FCB, after Interpublic, long affiliated with Coca-Cola, acquired FCB's parent, True North Communications.
Those PepsiCo brands have now been housed with Omnicom Group, which recruited former FCB Chicago President Brian Williams to head up a new agency to service the brands.
Flurry of lawsuits
FCB in October dropped a lawsuit it filed against Mr. Williams and Omnicom after the case was dismissed. PepsiCo quickly responded with a suit of its own, and on Nov. 2 Pepsi won a temporary restraining order barring four FCB employees from working on Dasani until that case is otherwise resolved.
A week later, Coca-Cola announced it would temporarily return the two brands to their original agencies -- Dasani with Berlin, Cameron & Partners, New York, and Powerade at Wieden & Kennedy, Portland, Ore. -- pending the outcome of the litigation.