The Boston company that long handled public relations for troubled BlackBerry yesterday sued the phone maker for the $700,000 in unpaid bills it says it's owed.
In its lawsuit, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Brodeur and Coville, LLC, says BlackBerry demanded it provide extra service as the former RIM tried to release the BlackBerry 10 phone in a last ditch effort to stave off irrelevancy - and worse. Then, after the launch, BlackBerry fired Brodeur.
BlackBerry compounded the demands on Brodeur during this time period by BlackBerry's own reduction in its internal communications staff. During this time period, BlackBerry's staff was reduced through terminations and resignations. As a result, BlackBerry asked Brodeur to take on tasks that would normally have been executed by BlackBerry, including such routine work as locating BlackBerry’s own internal documents, editing BlackBerry's documents for it, and coordinating briefings.
Overall, Brodeur spent over 3,000 hours on services that fell outside of the scope of the retainer services during this time period, at a cost to Brodeur of approximately $700,000.