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February 19, 2009 3:54 PM

Pillsbury Accidentally Announces Layoffs on Train

Posted by Zach Lowe

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has confirmed plans to lay off associates soon, and, in the process, they've reminded their law firm brethren to exercise a little discretion when discussing firm cuts in public, according to the Recorder's Legal Pad blog, an Am Law Daily sibling publication. 

Above the Law broke the news after a law student e-mailed the blog about overhearing Bob Robbins, head of Pillsbury's corporate and securities practice, yapping about the layoffs on his cell phone in an Amtrak car--very loudly, apparently. Robbins even named the specific associates--between 15 and 20, the tipster told ATL--the firm plans to dismiss.

Above the Law used a little cloak and dagger to confirm the tipster's tale. They e-mailed Robbins from a pseudonymous e-mail account asking Robbins if he was on a 2 p.m. train from Washington, D.C. to New York on Wednesday. Robbins said he was. ATL then dropped the ruse and asked Robbins to confirm the story. He didn't, but the firm today has confirmed it plans to lay off associates. In a statement, the firm apologized for the "unfortunate manner" in which the news got out.

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Yet another reason to ride in “The Quiet Car”
Or maybe spring for the upgrade to First Class.
Who knows? He could've been ridin' with Biden

don't ya just hate those loud mouths on the train, talking on their cells like they are the only one around. That is called an egomaniac. Im glad he got busted.

About as much discretion as Pillsbury showed with their Frode Jensen comments

At least Pillsbury is consistent.

Beware the cellphone police, bloviating gasesous windbags of the Northeast. They are watching. Common courtesy was no barrier to your impudent noise, but cold, hard economic costs will be.

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