Denver PR Blog


Cinemark asks shooting victims to cover $700k in legal fees
June 30, 2016, 2:10 pm
Filed under: Crisis Communications, lawsuits, Public Relations

Now that Cinemark has been found not responsible for the Aurora theater shooting, it’s pretty easy to see why it would want to get the money it spent defending itself back. But I’ll give Cinemark the same advice I have given literally dozens of CEOs across many different industries: You are never sorry later for having taken the high road. Not to mention that the reputational damage for trying to collect $700,000 will be in the tens of millions of dollars.



MSLGroup Settles Gender Bias Suit for $2.9M
October 14, 2015, 2:53 pm
Filed under: lawsuits, Public Relations, Salaries

From the “Yeah, right” file:

“We are confident that our workplace policies and practices are lawful, correct, and non-discriminatory.”

– MSLGroup, as it settled a gender bias suit for $2.9 million.



Hamling Pleads Guilty to Felony Theft
September 20, 2012, 12:28 pm
Filed under: Denver, lawsuits

Traction Communications’ Kirsten Hamling, the founder of what turned out to be the fraudulent charity Fired Up For Kids, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft this morning for stealing money raised for the burn unit at The Children’s Hospital. CBS4 has the details.



Traction’s Hamling Settles Suit with State Prosecutors
April 13, 2012, 8:54 am
Filed under: Ethics, lawsuits

Traction Communications founder Kirsten Hamling has settled a lawsuit filed against her by Colorado state prosecutors. The suit accused Hamling of diverting money intended for charity through her Fired Up for Kids organization and spending the “money on personal items including services at hair and nail salons, a gym membership and a vacation.”

Under the terms of the deal, Hamling has agreed that Fired Up For Kids will “move all its assets to Colorado Firefighter Calendar Inc., an unrelated non-profit company,” according to David Migoya at The Denver Post. The article notes that Hamling has not “admitted any wrongdoing in agreeing to the settlement” and that her attorneys maintain that she simply was owner of a for-profit business who “graciously donated money” to charity.

7News, however, has reported that Hamling’s organization registered with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office as a non-profit and that its website and news releases claimed that “all calendar proceeds benefit” charity.



Catfight Alert – Tom ‘Troubleshooter’ Martino vs. Fox31
September 30, 2011, 1:11 pm
Filed under: Fox31, lawsuits

Who could have foreseen an eventual lawsuit for Fox31 when it got into bed with such a paragon of virtue as the now-bankrupt creator of The Troubleshooter and Martino TV?



Volume PR Sues Medical Marijuana Client
May 10, 2011, 10:47 am
Filed under: lawsuits, VolumePR

Goddamn pot-smoking hippies. There’s always money for a dime bag or a can of Pringles, but ask them to pay an invoice and its all, “Dude, chillax. We’ll hook you up when we can.” Or maybe it’s not like that at all. I’m just guessing based on the lawsuit filed against Greenway University by Denver’s Volume PR, parent company of the nation’s “first and only business development and public relations firm exclusively focused on the medical marijuana industry.” If you are interested, the case was filed in Denver County (#11CV1119).



Trouble in Boulder?
August 10, 2009, 8:35 pm
Filed under: CTA, lawsuits

If you are a crisis communications expert and are looking for a job, you might want to contact Boulder-based CTA Public Relations. This week’s Denver Business Journal lists a lawsuit filed by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank against CTA Public Relations Inc./Shirley Thompson/Carl R. Thompson.