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Shell speaks out over Don Marketing

Forecourt Trader: Shell speaks out over Don Page 5 of April 1995 Edition Text from article Shell has broken its vow of silence and issued a strongly-worded statement to defend itself against what it sees as “the growing number of untrue and often offensive allegations being made by Don Marketing”. Shell is defending legal actions […]

Shell unethical, incompetent and greedy

In 1996, I received an unsolicited letter of apology from Dr Chris Fay, the Chairman & Chief Executive of Shell U.K. Limited for the way we had been treated by Shell. It is printed below. This came at the climax of 3 high court actions we brought against Shell for breach of confidence and breach […]

Alfred Donovan 1917 – 2013 RIP

My father, Alfred Donovan, passed away earlier today in Colchester Essex, after a short illness.  “Don”, as he was known to friends and family, served in the UK Regular Army – Royal Corp of Signals (Royal Berkshire Regiment) – for 12 years. From December 1933 until March 1946 he served in the UK, Palestine, Egypt […]

United Kingdom: a lone fighter against Shell

ARD TV in Germany – the German equivalent of BBC TV – on Saturday, 21 April, broadcast a feature about me and this website (royaldutchshellplc.com) as part of the EUROPA MAGAZINE programme. By John Donovan ARD TV in Germany – the German equivalent of BBC TV – on Saturday, 21 April, broadcast a feature about […]

Sueddeutsche Zeitung article on Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com

I am described as having a stately stomach and accurately combed hair over a bald head. So we know that the journalist in question is unbiased, fearless, and truthful. By John Donovan On Saturday 17 March 2012 the largest broadsheet German daily national newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, published a whole page article by the journalist Christoph […]

Royal Dutch Shell’s No1 Enemy

The article says that the content of an email sent to President Pution in Moscow was explosive and that the leaked information, which cost Shell its majority stake in the Sakhalin 2 project, came from me, John Donovan. By John Donovan On Saturday 17 March 2012 the largest broadsheet German daily national newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, […]

Gripesites: How to Gut Goliath by Becoming an Interactive Hub of Dissent

By John Donovan GRIPE WEB SITES At long last, someone has written an invaluable guide on how ordinary individuals can publicly criticize the rich and powerful, including multinational corporations, by using the Internet. My father and I pioneered the use of websites for exposing Royal Dutch Shell.  Indeed, the author, Robert Eringer, uses our experience […]

Royal Dutch Shell deceiving itself

Printed below is a Shell internal document from May 2006 which we assume was prepared by Shell in-house lawyers for the misinformation of Shell senior management. It deliberately paints a false picture, probably to protect Richard Wiseman, the former Shell Legal Director…

Will Shell’s intergalactic experiment pay off?

ARCHIVE ARTICLE: Hang on! I’ve got a new idea… …said Don Marketing when the agency sold Shell its idea for the Star Trek promotion, neatly persuading the oil giant to abandon its catalogue scheme promotions. Case study by Anne-Marie Crawford

U.S. Courts: Shell in deepwater, accused of more IP theft

U.S. Courts: Shell in deepwater, accused of more IP theft By John Donovan 12 August 2008 Trawling the Internet seeking information about Court cases involving Shell, we stumbled across details of current litigation in the U.S. Courts against Shell International for alleged theft of Intellectual Property. I personally know of several High Court Actions successfully […]

NBC President, Myron ‘Mike’ Weinblatt

By John Donovan Obituary of retired NBC Entertainment President, Myron “Mike” Weinblatt (left) with whom I had dealings in 1979 during a presentation with my colleague Don Redhead to the full board of NBC at the Rockefeller Centre in New York. Also present; Irwin S. Segelstein (President NBC Television) and W Watts Biggers (Buck Biggers […]

Shell Abysmal Track Record In Legal Proceedings with Alfred and John Donovan

Royal Dutch Shell Abysmal Track Record In Legal Proceedings with Alfred and John Donovan Saturday 13 August 2005: 13.15 ET: (Updated 13 August 2012) By John Donovan The following is an accurate list of the various proceedings between Shell and the owners of ShellNews.net, Alfred Donovan and John Donovan, commencing just over a decade ago, […]

The week in which a watchdog came under a heavy Shelling

Daily Telegraph: The week in which a watchdog came under a heavy Shelling “Sir Philip Watts is hardly going to enjoy being linked with Robert Maxwell but he probably owes the fat fraudster rather more than he realises.” City comment Edited by Neil Collins, City Editor (Filed: 17/09/2004) Sir Philip Watts is hardly going to […]

Sunday Telegraph: Shell bosses ‘must remain liable for recent blunders’

Sunday Telegraph: Shell bosses ‘must remain liable for recent blunders’ By Sylvia Pfeifer (Filed: 20/06/2004) Leading shareholders in Royal Dutch, the Netherlands-based arm of Royal Dutch/Shell, are insisting that its directors remain legally liable for the series of blunders that have plunged the oil giant into crisis over the past year. In an unusual move, […]

Forecourt Trader: Shell action abandoned

Forecourt Trader: Shell action abandoned August 1999 The long-running and acrimonious dispute between Shell UK and sales promotion agency Don Marketing has ended following a statement released by both parties last month. The dispute centred on Don Marketing’s claim that Shell stole its idea for the Smart loyalty scheme. John Donovan, managing director of Don […]

Shell has settled out of court with John Donovan…

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Bury Free Press: Shell claim is settled

Shell claim is settled: Bury Free Press 9 July 1999 BURY FREE PRESS Friday, July 9, 1999 Shell claim is settled A DAVID and Goliath battle between a Bury St Edmunds businessman and oil giant Shell has ended in stalemate after both sides agreed an out-of-court settlement. John Donovan, 52, was suing Shell claiming the […]

East Anglian Daily Times: Stalemate for marketing firm’s ‘stolen’ idea claim

Stalemate for marketing firm’s ‘stolen’ idea claim: East Anglian Daily Times 7 July 1999 East Anglian Daily Times Wednesday, July 7, 1999 Stalemate for marketing firm’s ‘stolen’ idea claim STALEMATE John Donovan, from Bradfield Combust, sued Shell over a promotion he said was his idea. But yesterday his claim, and the firm’s counter suit, were […]

Incentive Today: Don and Shell end Smart row

Article being added to our Online Archive  Incentive Today: Don and Shell end Smart row July-August 1999 After a bitter six year legal battle with Shell UK John Donovan has abandoned his claim against Shell UK. Donovan alleged that Shell stole his ideas for the Shell Smart loyalty scheme and initiated court proceedings in 1993. […]

SHELL IN HIGH COURT SUIT OVER SMARTCARD SCHEME

ARTICLE BEING ADDED TO OUR ONLINE ARCHIVE DEBRIEF: SHELL IN HIGH COURT SUIT OVER SMARTCARD SCHEME July 1999 SUFFOLK-BASED promotions agency Don Marketing faced multinational giant Shell UK in the High Court to argue its case of alleged breach of contract and misuse of confidential commercial information. The dispute centres on Shell’s Smart multi-brand loyalty […]

BURY FREE PRESS: INTO BATTLE WITH SHELL

Man sues oil giant over ‘his idea’

Incentive Today Magazine: Shell loyalty row continues

The latest bizarre development in the case is an intervention in the form of a letter from the wife of Mark Moody-Stuart, the head of Shell International.

Marketing Week: Judge Shell by actions not words

ARTICLE BEING ADDED TO OUR ONLINE ARCHIVE Marketing Week: Judge Shell by actions not words 25 February 1999 I read with interest your editorial about the ethical dilemmas facing multinationals and the reference in particular to Shell’s recent public relations disasters. You say that “Shell has apparently learned its lesson”. I beg to differ. My […]

London Evening Standard: On cyberpicket lines: DON’T GET MAD GET EVEN

Evening Standard 28 September 1998 On cyberpicket lines IN THE NET DON’T GET MAD GET EVEN WE’VE got Internet banking, Internet sex, Internet hype (aplenty). Now say hello to cyberpicketing, the most fashionable way for little people to get their own back. Hacking for Girlies recently sabotaged the New York Times website, replacing the usual […]

LEAFLETS BEING HANDED TO STAFF OUTSIDE SHELL CENTRE

LEAFLETS BEING HANDED TO STAFF OUTSIDE SHELL CENTRE  YOU MAY BE HANDED A LEAFLET OUTSIDE SHELL CENTRE BY MR ALFRED DONOVAN, FORMALLY OF A COMPANY CALLED DON MARKETING UK LIMITED.  YOU SHOULD BE AWARE THAT JOHN DONOVAN, A DIRECTOR OF DON MARKETING UK LIMITED, MR ALFRED DONOVAN’S SON, HAS ISSUED A WRIT AGAINST SHELL UK […]

55% OF RESPONDENTS IN SURVEY OF OVER 1500 SHELL RETAILERS SAY “SHELL UK OPERATES IN AN UNETHICAL MANNER” (SEPT 98)

INFORMATION ADDED TO OUR ONLINE ARCHIVE 55% OF RESPONDENTS IN SURVEY OF OVER 1500 SHELL RETAILERS SAY “SHELL UK OPERATES IN AN UNETHICAL MANNER” (SEPT 98) read moreLike this:Like Loading…

Marketing Week: Don claims first round in Shell libel action

ARTICLE ADDED TO OUR ONLINE ARCHIVE Marketing Week: Don claims first round in Shell libel action 30 July 1998 Picture Caption: Shell Smart: Don claims victory By Clare Conley Don Marketing, the sales promotion agency, is claiming a victory against Shell UK in the first round of a libel case against the oil giant. Shell […]

Daily Telegraph: Donovan’s beef with Shell on-line

Daily Telegraph 11 June 1998 Donovan’s beef with Shell on-line HIGH court writs have been filed against Shell UK by independent marketing man John Donovan. Through his company, Don Marketing, he claims that in 1989 he was the brains behind Shell’s Smart Card scheme. Donovan is alleging a breach of confidence and breach of contract […]

Marketing Week: SHELL SMART LEGAL NOTICE

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MARKETING WEEK: Shell: Don is more than ‘disgruntled’

MARKETING WEEK MAGAZINE LETTERS Shell: Don is more than ‘disgruntled’ Picture Caption: Shell: Don Marketing’s battle over the Smart concept is its fourth High Court action against the UK company I am writing in response to Alan Mitchell’s article about the key to loyalty card survival (MWMay 14). He mentioned Shell’s aspiration to reach 8 […]

Marketing Week: ASA dragged into Shell UK Smart battle

Having been caught red-handed stealing our intellectual property, Shell settled by making a substantial payment to us. Frankly we were shocked at the arrogance, lies and subterfuge.

Forecourt Trader: Don’s Smart writ

ARTICLE BEING ADDED TO OUR ONLINE ARCHIVE Forecourt Trader: Don’s Smart writ May 1998 Shell UK is being sued for allegedly breaching copyright on the idea it used to create Shell Smart Card, its loyalty programme. John Donovan, managing director of Don Marketing UK, has issued the High Court Writ alleging that the current Smart […]

Promotions & Incentives: Shell stands firm on Smart charges

ARTICLE BEING ADDED TO OUR ONLINE ARCHIVE Promotions & Incentives: Shell stands firm on Smart charges May 1998 Shell will defend itself against claims by its former promotional agency Don Marketing, that it came up with Shell’s Smart consortium idea. Don Marketing director, John Donovan, issued a writ against Shell on 9 April claiming multi-million […]

Sales Promotion Magazine: Shell in legal row

Sales Promotion Magazine May 1998 Shell in legal row SP agency’s claims over Smart Card cause troubled water for oil company A promotional agency is suing Shell (UK) for allegedly breaching copyright on the concept idea Shell used to create its multipartner Smart Card loyalty scheme. The allegation follows two previously unpublished out- of-court settlements […]

Loyalty Magazine: Shell Smart copyright battle gets nastier

Loyalty Magazine: Shell Smart copyright battle gets nastier John Donovan, a director of Don Marketing UK ltd, believes he owns the copyright to the Shell Smart loyalty scheme. He has been involved in protracted legal wrangling with Shell UK and last month issued a High Court writ when talks broke down. Recently he decided to […]

Marketing Magazine: Donovan brings new Shell writ

30 April 1998 Marketing Magazine: Donovan brings new Shell writ John Donovan, the sales promotion agency managing director who is suing Shell for copyright infringement over its Smart Card loyalty scheme, has served another writ on the oil company, this time for libel. Donovan, whose agency, Don Marketing, has already brought three copyright actions against Shell, […]

Shell in legal row over Smart Card

The writ also reveals that Don Marketing had approached both Sainsbury’s and Tesco, among other potential partners, to join a multibrand scheme with Shell in early 1990. Sainsbury’s was an initial member of the Shell Smart Card consortium in 1996 but is not part of the Scottish trial.

Marketing Week: LEARNING THE RIGHT RULES OF THE GAME

ARTICLE ADDED TO OUR ONLINE ARCHIVE Marketing Week: LEARNING THE RIGHT RULES OF THE GAME 11 October 1985 Promotional games can be a powerful friend to today’s marketer- or a deadly enemy if mishandled. John Donovan picks his way carefully through a potential minefield Games are one of the most powerful promotional weapons available. But […]

Shell UK Oil and Don Marketing

Debrief Newsletter October 1995 Despite meetings between Shell UK Oil and Don Marketing in an attempt to reach settlement in their long-running dispute over alleged theft of promotional concepts (Debrief, 3-63), the parties are agreed on only one point – that the matter should go to court.  http://www.shellnews.net/PDFs/DebriefNewsletterOctober%201995.pd Like this:Like Loading…