Topic: No poach agreements

Spain fines canine society for abusive dog show restrictions

Spain’s competition enforcer has fined the country’s leading dog association for banning its own judges from participating in rivals’ shows and restricting dog owners from obtaining purebred certification if they were registered with rival associations.

26 May 2022

Portugal punishes football clubs in first no-poach case

The Portuguese Competition Authority has fined 31 football clubs and the national football league a total of €11.3 million for implementing an anticompetitive no-poach agreement, in its first-ever sanctioning decision against conduct affecting labour markets.

03 May 2022

A Q&A with DaVita’s trial team

Earlier this month, a federal jury in Colorado acquitted healthcare company DaVita and its former chief executive Kent Thiry of charges that they illegally conspired with rivals to not solicit certain employees. The leaders of DaVita’s trial team – Morgan Lewis & Bockius partners John Dodds and Clay Everett as well as Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner John Walsh – spoke to GCR USA about the matter and why the jury may have reached the verdict that resulted in the Department of Justice losing its first criminal no-poach case.

26 April 2022

Kanter: Labour market cases will be cited in DOJ’s favour despite jury verdicts

The Department of Justice’s losses in recent criminal cases will not deter the Antitrust Division from bringing more lawsuits before juries to ensure the agency holds criminals accountable, the head of the division has said.

22 April 2022

Italy opens in-depth review into newspaper distribution deal

Italy’s Competition Authority has launched a Phase II probe into a tie-up between several newspaper and magazine distribution companies, based in part on concerns that non-compete and no-poach agreements included as part of the transaction could harm competition.

21 April 2022

Jury acquits defendants in first criminal no-poach case to reach trial

A federal jury in Colorado has found DaVita and its former chief executive not guilty of illegally conspiring with rivals to not solicit certain employees – a resounding loss for the Department of Justice in its first criminal no-poach case to head to trial.

19 April 2022

CADE president rejects inclusion of social issues in antitrust analysis

The president of Brazil’s competition authority has said his agency will not expand the objectives of the consumer welfare standard to include societal issues such as inequality or sustainability.

08 April 2022

Peru probes construction companies over no-poach agreements

Peru’s competition authority has launched an investigation into six construction companies after they allegedly agreed not to hire each other’s employees, marking what appears to be the agency’s first-ever probe into alleged no-poach agreements.

14 February 2022

Canadian government signals antitrust reform on horizon

Canada’s government has said it plans to “carefully evaluate” how to improve the country’s antitrust legislation, as it singled out wage-fixing agreements, the digital economy and modernisation of its sanctions regime as key areas of focus.

07 February 2022

Romania launches first labour market probe

Romania’s antitrust watchdog is investigating seven automotive engineering and technology providers for alleged no-poach and wage-fixing agreements, in the agency’s first probe into labour markets.

01 February 2022

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