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True North Resolves Issue With SEC

CHICAGO—True North Communications and the Securities and Exchange Commission have reached a resolution over an accounting issue that held up the holding company’s year-end earnings report late last month [Adweek, March 5]. TN will issue its earnings today and explain the situation with the SEC.

OmniSky Moves In-house After Fallon Split

CHICAGO—OmniSky will move most of its marketing programs in-house after splitting with Fallon Minneapolis last week. Fallon and the client broke after just six weeks together due to a shift in marketing strategy, executives with the San Diego company said. Fallon won the estimated $40 million account in January after a review that included incumbent TBWA\Chiat\Day, Lowe Lintas & Partners and Ogilvy & Mather [Adweek, Jan. 22].

Starcom Names New Research Director

CHICAGO—Starcom North America named Richard Fielding its director of U.S. media research. Fielding replaces Kate Lynch, who last fall was named director of global research for parent company Starcom MediaVest Group. Fielding, who was previously Starcom’s director of research for the Asia-Pacific region, will report directly to Starcom North America CEO Renetta McCann.

Spartan Chain Seeks Media Shop

CHICAGO—Spartan Stores is conducting a review for a Midwest media buying and planning shop, sources said. The size of the account is not known, but media expenditures for the supermarket/wholesaler were estimated at $1 million last year. A representative for Spartan, whose creative work is handled in-house, declined comment. The company is based in Grand Rapids, Mich., and owns 118 supermarkets and drugstores in Michigan and Ohio.

Grey, Interactive Group Sued by Laid Off Workers

DETROIT—Two former employees of Internet ad agency Beyond Interactive have filed a class action suit against the Ann Arbor, Mich., agency and the Grey Global Group, New York, its parent organization. The suit, filed late last month in U.S. District Court in Detroit, claims the agency did not give the nearly 100 affected former employees the 60 days notice required by the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. They are seeking back pay and other benefits, as well as attorney costs. About 50 people were let go in October and another 50 at the end of January, according to the lawsuit. Beyond Interactive chief executive John Behrman could not be reached for comment. A Grey representative said there would be no comment on pending litigation.

A-B Distributors to Get Commercial Preview

CHICAGO—Anheuser-Busch wholesalers will get a preview of new TV spots at the St. Louis brewer’s annual distributors conference this week in San Francisco. New TV spots were developed by Chicago shops DDB and Fusion Idea Lab. Separately, A-B’s Bud Light brand became the official beer sponsor for Major League Lacrosse’s 2002 season.