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McDermott Coffee Cutback Sends 'Message of Desperation,' Partner Says

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After layoffs were announced at McDermott Will & Emery early this month, those in charge of its Chicago headquarters office decided to reduce the scope of its coffee service there in another effort to cut costs.

But the economic move isn’t going to be good for morale, a partner suggests in an e-mailed response to an internal message about the coffee cutback sent today by the head of the Chicago office. Unfortunately, this partner apparently accidentally hit the “reply all” button, and mulitiple copies were soon forwarded by McDermott insiders to Above the Law, the blog reports.

In his e-mail, the partner describes the coffee cutback as a mistake, saying that it will make only a small difference financially while sending a “message of desperation.”

Additional coverage:

Chicago Tribune: “Chicago law firm McDermott Will & Emery eliminates free coffee”

Updated at 11:40 a.m. on March 3 to link to subsequent Tribune article.

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