Big-Mouth Amtrak Rider Announces Firm's Layoffs

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2009 3:54 PM CST
An Acela train approaches Boston South Station.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A venerable New York law firm is scrambling to do damage control after passengers on an Acela train heard about planned layoffs before the associates targeted for downsizing, Above the Law reports. A Pillsbury Winthrop honcho "was talking so loudly that I think most people in the car were able to hear him," a tipster/law student reported to the legal blog.

“We apologize for the unfortunate manner in which our deliberations about reductions have become public,” the firm said, confirming the rumor. "It is an unfortunate fact in today's economy that no business or law firm can rule out adjustments to their overall workforce levels.” Adjustments to their senior partners' Bluetooth habits and vocal volume, presumably, will be a bit easier to engineer.