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Dewey & LeBoeuf Law Firm Boosts Non-Union Layoffs to 533

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May 16 (Bloomberg) -- Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP raised its count of layoffs of non-union workers at its Manhattan building by 100, to 533, according to a notice on the New York State Department of Labor website.

The New York-based law firm today amended a May 8 notice under the so-called WARN rule for plant closings, or Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, giving the number of employees in the building as 533, and the number affected as 433. The layoff date was yesterday. No date was given for when the firm will clear out of the building, where fewer than 50 people remain, a security guard estimated today.

Dewey, once the 11th-largest U.S. law firm, is collecting bills to pay lenders owed $200 million or more, according to a person familiar with the situation. The firm has lost more than two thirds of its 300 partners, according to American Lawyer. The notice of layoffs cited economic dislocation.

Patrizia DeGennaro, the Dewey contact listed on the notice, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment on the layoffs.

To contact the reporters on this story: Linda Sandler in New York at lsandler@bloomberg.net; Sophia Pearson in Philadelphia at spearson3@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: John Pickering at jpickering@bloomberg.net; Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.

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