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October 14, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Former public relations executive Douglas R. Dowie will not be allowed to introduce the results of a privately administered polygraph test at his upcoming trial on charges of padding bills to the Department of Water and Power, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess said that if Dowie "wants to present his side ... he is free to do so by taking the stand and testifying at trial, at which time he will be subject like all other witnesses to cross-examination."
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September 29, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Former public relations executive Douglas Dowie is scheduled to go on trial soon in federal court on charges of padding bills sent to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power under his firm's $3-million-a-year contract.
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August 19, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
A lawyer for Douglas R. Dowie, the former public relations executive accused of bilking the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power out of thousands of dollars in a bill-padding scheme, sought permission Thursday to introduce the results of a privately administered polygraph test at his client's upcoming trial. U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess set a Sept. 26 hearing to consider the motion by Dowie's defense lawyer, Tom Holliday.
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June 10, 2005 | Ted Rohrlich and Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writers
Steve Sugerman, a public relations executive and former Los Angeles city official, agreed Thursday to plead guilty to participating in a scheme at Fleishman-Hillard to bilk the city of Los Angeles through phony billings to the Department of Water and Power. Federal prosecutors announced that Sugerman, 41, who served as director of communications for Mayor Richard Riordan, has also agreed to testify against Douglas R. Dowie, his former boss at the international public relations firm.
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May 18, 2005 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council voted Tuesday to accept a $5.7-million settlement with the Fleishman-Hillard public relations firm, ending a lawsuit alleging that the company overbilled three city agencies. The firm agreed to pay $4.5 million in cash to the city and forgive about $1.2 million in outstanding bills for work done.
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April 21, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
City Councilman Tony Cardenas introduced a motion Wednesday to have the council take jurisdiction of a proposed $5.7-million settlement of an overbilling lawsuit against public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard. Cardenas supports the agreement, which was announced Tuesday. But he wants the council to review it to find out why an audit by the city controller identified $4.
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April 19, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
A city commission will meet today to consider a multimillion-dollar settlement proposed by Fleishman-Hillard to resolve a lawsuit that alleges that the public relations firm overbilled the city by $4.2 million, according to sources familiar with negotiations. A spokesman for City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo would not disclose the amount but confirmed that Delgadillo plans to hold a news conference to announce a "major development" regarding the Fleishman lawsuit.
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January 20, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
A Superior Court judge decided Wednesday that a lawsuit by the city of Los Angeles alleging overbilling by Fleishman-Hillard should be moved out of the county, after lawyers for the public relations firm argued that negative publicity and the firm's status as an "outsider" would make it difficult to get a fair trial. Attorneys for Fleishman-Hillard and Douglas R. Dowie, the former general manager of the firm's Los Angeles office, asked that the case be transferred to Ventura County.
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January 19, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 10 months after freezing payment on $533,000 in bills from Fleishman-Hillard, Los Angeles' city controller warned the public relations firm Tuesday that she would ask the City Council to reject the invoices unless the company justified the costs within 10 days. Controller Laura Chick notified the company in March that she would withhold payment on bills for October, November and December 2003 until she received more documentation.
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January 15, 2005 | Rich Connell and Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writers
Federal prosecutors indicted former Fleishman-Hillard executive John Stodder Jr. after he declined to cooperate in a continuing investigation into the public relations giant's Los Angeles office, according to sources familiar with the case. Stodder, a partner and senior vice president dismissed by the firm last week, surrendered to authorities and appeared Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Turchin, who ordered him released on $10,000 bail.
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