The World: New York - Ex-president sues Deutsch for $56m damages

Steve Dworin, a former president of Deutsch, is suing the agency and its president, Donny Deutsch, for $56 million plus damages, alleging libel, slander and breach of contract.

Dworin, who worked at the agency for three years from 1991, when it was called Deutsch/Dworin, claims the breach of contract, libel and slander all occurred in Deutsch's 2005 book, Often Wrong, Never in Doubt, which chronicles the pair's working relationship.

The complaint, which also names the Deutsch chief executive, Linda Sawyer, was filed on 30 March at the Superior Court in Union County, New Jersey.

Deutsch has 20 days to reply, but his lawyer has already stated that he intends to "vigorously defend" the action.