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Cellphone Conversation on Train Tips Listener to Planned Pillsbury Layoffs

Posted Feb 19, 2009 4:59 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A post on Above the Law this morning reported that an unidentified tipster claimed to have overheard two top lawyers at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman discussing planned attorney layoffs in a cell phone conversation loudly conducted on a crowded train.

And that apparently may be true, reports the Legal Times, in an article reprinted in New York Lawyer (reg. req.): The law firm has not only confirmed in a brief statement today that it "will be implementing reductions to ensure that our resources are aligned with our business needs," but also apologizes in it "for the unfortunate manner in which our deliberations about reductions have become public.”

Details of the expected layoffs aren't provided in the Pillsbury statement.

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