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'Very Short' Health Insurance Suspension Is Latest Bump in Road at Struggling Dewey & LeBoeuf

Two unidentified junior attorneys at Dewey & LeBoeuf discovered Tuesday that employees of their struggling law firm are facing another financial issue—their medical insurance was suspended April 1 due to nonpayment.

“It’s unbelievable,” an associate told the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.). “It’s one thing not to pay Westlaw or Seamless Web, but completely another not to pay health premiums—and then not to tell us about it.”

Later in the day—after the two discovered, by calling Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, that they were without coverage—a memo circulated from law firm management: It said an “administrative issue” had caused “a suspension of medical coverage,” but promised that the premium had been paid and said Dewey “is actively working with the insurer to restore full coverage to partners and employees as soon as practicable,” the newspaper recounts.

A law firm spokesman said essentially the same thing in a statement provided to the Wall Street Journal, promising that “health coverage will be restored” after a “temporary” and “very short” suspension, the article states.

Related coverage: “In Latest Memo, Dewey Encourages Its Partners to ‘Seek Out Alternative Opportunities’”

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