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No-Poaching Agreements

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Non-Compete News & Notes – August 2018

It’s August of 2018 and non-compete agreements are still rampant in American markets. Not surprisingly, non-compete litigation remains big business for management-side lawyers, particularly at large corporate firms. Aided by corporate greed, widespread instances of judicial activism, and an utter failure to understand the basics of antitrust law, big firm lawyers constantly push non-compete agreements … Continue reading

DOJ Announces First No-Poaching Settlement

On April 3, 2018, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced the first no-poaching antitrust settlement of the Trump Administration. Previously, senior DOJ officials had made public comments indicating that the DOJ intends to aggressively police no-poaching agreements, including via criminal prosecutions. According to the DOJ, the antitrust conspiracy involved two of the world’s largest … Continue reading

DOJ Aggressively Policing No-Poaching Agreements

In a surprising continuation of Obama-era policy, the Trump DOJ has announced that it will pursue criminal action against firms using no-poaching agreements. On January 18th, 2018, while speaking at an Antitrust Research Foundation conference, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim noted that the DOJ has not backed away from previous no-poaching guidance. Instead, AAG Delrahim … Continue reading

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