California Lottery Voids McCann Victory

LOS ANGELES The California Lottery voted today to throw out its decision to award its five-year, $125 million account to McCann-Erickson and put the account back in review for a third time, sources said.

In doing so, the lottery will not have to rule on the four outstanding protests filed by the other finalists, including Foote, Cone & Belding in San Francisco and DDB and the incumbent, Grey, both in Los Angeles, according to sources.

The decision to cancel the award came as a result of McCann’s failure to disclose information about parent company Interpublic Group and its officers, as well as information about the officers and directors at McCann in the U.S., said sources, adding that the shop only disclosed information about its Los Angeles office.

Officials at Grey, DDB, McCann and FCB either could not be reached or declined comment. Lottery representatives did not immediately return calls and a time frame for the review could not be determined.

One source described the decision as a “travesty. It’s an inappropriate remedy to throw out the entire bid.”