Topic: No poach agreements

EU enforcer reimposes fines on Telefónica and Pharol

The European Commission has reissued fines totalling €79 million to telecommunications providers Telefónica and Pharol for implementing a non-compete agreement, six years after the EU’s General Court annulled the original penalties because of an error in the authority’s calculations.

26 January 2022

UK’s Payment Systems Regulator issues first-ever antitrust decision

Mastercard and four other prepaid card issuers have been fined more than £33 million after they admitted to colluding to share the market and allocate customers in the UK prepaid welfare card sector for six years.

18 January 2022

Colombia probes top football clubs for no-poach agreements

Colombia’s antitrust watchdog has launched an investigation into the national men’s professional football association and its clubs for allegedly preventing at least 16 players from negotiating contracts with other teams.

01 December 2021

Colorado judge considers arguments to dismiss criminal no-poach case

A federal judge in Colorado is grappling with whether the government can criminally prosecute Denver-based DaVita over an alleged no-poach agreement.

22 November 2021

Canadian court rejects no-poach class certification

A provincial court in British Columbia has ruled that Canada’s criminal antitrust rules do not prohibit no-poach agreements, as it denied certification to a proposed class of former Tim Hortons employees.

12 November 2021

COFECE sanctions football clubs in first no-poach probe

Mexico’s antitrust watchdog has fined more than a dozen top-tier football clubs and the country’s soccer federation for imposing salary caps and restricting player movement in the authority’s first-ever no-poach probe.

24 September 2021

Digital issues are not new to EU antitrust law, General Court president says

The president of the EU’s General Court has said that concerns about digital markets relating to algorithms, tying and access to data do not present new challenges for competition authorities.

13 September 2021

Lawsuit challenges “no-poach agreement” between anesthesia service providers

Munson Healthcare, northern Michigan’s largest healthcare system, conspired with rival Traverse Anesthesia Associates to reduce pay for providers of anesthesia services, a new putative class action alleges.

04 August 2021

McDonald’s and Jimmy John’s employees denied class status in no-poach cases

McDonald’s and Jimmy John’s employees are not entitled to litigate their claims of an illegal “no-poach conspiracy” as a nationwide class, two federal courts in Illinois have ruled.

03 August 2021

DOJ’s first criminal no-poach case expands with DaVita indictment

A federal grand jury has indicted healthcare company DaVita and its former chief executive for allegedly conspiring with rival companies not to hire each other’s employees.

16 July 2021

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