WPP Media Unit Sues Harris Drury

NEW YORK — Media Marketing Solutions, a unit of WPP Group’s Mediaedge:cia, has accused Fort Launderdale, Fla. shop Harris Drury Cohen of breach of contract in a civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New York.

MMS, which HDC hired to handle media planning and buying for its clients, claims in court papers that HDC underpaid the shop for services rendered last year. Specifically, the papers allege that HDC owes MMS $124,214–the difference between what HDC paid and the $234,000 “minimum guarantee” specified in the contract.

MMS seeks damages in that amount, plus interest, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees. The case, which was filed in February, is now before a U.S. magistrate. MMS’ attorney declined comment and a lawyer for HDC could not be reached.