Follows Loss of $400 Million AT&T Account

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Aug. 27, 2001

By Alice Z. Cuneo

SAN FRANCISCO (AdAge.com) -- The Foote, Cone & Belding Worldwide office that

suffered a small office fire during its last round of layoffs is expected to further trim its staff soon, according to company officials.

Meanwhile, the San Francisco Police Department has shelved an investigation of the May fire, police said. Read the fire story.

Arson squad Inspector Darcy Keller said the case has been put into the inactive file until new leads develop. The fire, in a file cabinet filled with magazines and papers, broke out as the agency fired some 45 employees.

The shop, which lost the $400 million AT&T Wireless account in July, is expected to further trim its staff in coming weeks as the business moves to the New York office of WPP Group's Ogilvy & Mather.

About 300 people work at the agency, which handles Levi Strauss & Co.'s Slates and Dockers brands, Janus Funds and Taco Bell, among other accounts.

Copyright August 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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