PHILADELPHIA – Vernon Hill II has lost the battle for control of Republic Bank.

Now he hopes to win the dogfight with his former company.

Hill, fired in July as chairman and CEO of Republic, sued the firm over ownership of “valuable brand assets” used in advertising campaigns.

These include images of Hill and his Yorkshire terrier, Sir Duffield, and the Republic slogan: “The power of red is back.”

The lawsuit claims the rights to the marketing materials belong to Hill and the design firm run by his wife, Shirley.

The 47-page lawsuit says Hill, a Moorestown resident, left Republic “after a vindictive campaign” by the bank’s current management. It alleges that Republic terminated its contract with Shirley Hill, Moorestown-based InterArch Inc., “out of spite.”

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