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Carolyn Marion, a spokeswoman forBest Western, said the company would not comment on pending litigation. She also would not give a reason for terminating Davis Media.

The company said it is considering a “shortlist” of agencies for the account and will have a decision in about three weeks.

New wins

• Reingold Inc. has won a $400,000 design contract from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Washington agency will design publications, outreach materials, marketing collateral and other documents for HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research.

• Merkle Direct Marketing Inc., based in Lanham, won a three-year contract with the Arthritis Foundation.

Got news? Donna De Marco can be reached at 202/636-4884. Advertising & Marketing runs every other Monday.