The National Rifle Association (NRA) filed a complaint in federal court Wednesday against Ackerman McQueen (Ackerman), the longtime advertising agency for the association. The complaint alleges that over the past year Ackerman has breached their contract with the NRA, sharing confidential material with “hostile third parties.”
The NRA further alleges that the leaks were intentional on the part of Ackerman and were designed to hurt the NRA in retaliation for a failed extortion attempt and failed attempt to seize control of the NRA. The complaint alleges that Ackerman undertook this course of action in an attempt “avoid scrutiny of their own business activities.”
The complaint details two causes of action; a breach of contract claim, and a breach of fiduciary duty claim. The NRA seeks relief in the form of an injunction against Ackerman, compensatory damages of $40 million and punitive damages.