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SAATCHI FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST MIKE BURNS

Legal Action Follows Mass Defection of Burns' Staff to Interpublic

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Publicis Groupe's Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide has filed a lawsuit against Mike Burns, the ad agency's former vice chairman and worldwide account director on General Mills who left the agency last month.
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"Saatchi & Saatchi has today commenced a lawsuit against Michael Burns in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York. The lawsuit seeks damages and other relief against Mr. Burns. Upon advice of counsel, we will have no further comment," the agency said in a statement today.

Mr. Burns, 48, worked at Saatchi for 25 years before leaving the agency Feb. 11. Three days after his departure, 17 employees who worked for him on the General Mills account resigned en masse.

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Calls to Mr. Burns for comment on the lawsuit were not returned by press time.

Meanwhile, earlier today, Publicis rival Interpublic Group of Cos. announced it has hired the group to work in a marketing unit with a health-and-wellness focus to children and families.

Mr. Burns' post-Saatchi employment situation is unknown. Friends say he is weighing multiple job offers and will make a decision about his next move after March 15, when his employment contract with Saatchi expires.

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