Topic: No poach agreements

Judge wary of settling Papa John’s no-poach case

A federal judge in Kentucky has rebuffed calls to approve a novel $5 million payout to Papa John’s employees, finding it “not entirely obvious” the no-poach agreements harmed franchise employees.

20 September 2023

Judge orders arbitration in Jiffy Lube no-hire litigation

Jiffy Lube can force a former employee to arbitrate his claims that the company used illegal no-poach agreements to suppress wages, a federal judge in Philadelphia has held.

18 September 2023

Seventh Circuit revives McDonald’s no-poach lawsuit

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has reinstated allegations that McDonald’s illegally restricted hiring at its franchises, recommending that a lower court allow former employees to pursue their lawsuit as a per se violation of US antitrust law.

29 August 2023

Antitrust scrutiny of US labour markets intensifies

Featured in Americas Antitrust Review 2024

The Biden administration is turning up the heat on anti-competitive activity in the employment space, promoting federal agency rulemaking to curtail perceived harmful practices.

25 August 2023

Axon hit with follow-on challenge from NJ town

Police gear manufacturer Axon has illegally ensured its dominance in the markets for body cameras and electroshock weapons since purchasing its “closest and only viable competitor”, a New Jersey township has alleged.

24 August 2023

State AGs back fashion retail employees in no-poach case

A bipartisan group of state attorneys general are calling for the revival of a lawsuit alleging a no-poach conspiracy amongst luxury fashion retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton.

09 August 2023

Turkey bolsters no-poach crackdown with cross-sector fines

Turkey’s Competition Authority has stepped-up its crackdown on no-poach agreements by fining Vodafone, Turk Telekom and 14 other companies over €5 million for agreeing not to hire each other’s employees.

03 August 2023

Chinese pig breeders scrap no-poach agreement after SAMR sounds alarm

The four largest pig breeders in China have withdrawn a pledge not to poach each other’s employees after the country’s antitrust watchdog voiced concerns.

02 August 2023

The ‘No-Poach’ Approach: Antitrust Enforcement of Employment Agreements

Featured in US Courts Annual Review - Edition 4

Aligned with the Biden administration’s commitment to protecting competition in the labour market, recent trends indicate that the Department of Justice has been unable to convince juries to find defendants criminally liable on the antitrust-related claims. Despite this, the Department remains committed to criminally prosecuting no-poach and wage-fixing agreements.

28 July 2023

Seventh Circuit: Key Antitrust Decisions on Everything from Price-Fixing to Healthcare Monopolization

Featured in US Courts Annual Review - Edition 4

Proposed no-poach class actions, Twombly claims and Sherman Act disputes are just some of the issues that the Seventh Circuit have addressed in the past year in an admirably broad docket.

28 July 2023

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