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Knorr Wabtec Faces Wave of Class Action No-Poach Antitrust Employment Lawsuits

As reported by Bloomberg Law, rail equipment companies Knorr-Bremse and Wabtec Railway Electronics are fighting a new rush of class action antitrust lawsuits in the employment realm after having settled allegations from the U.S. Department of Justice that they agreed not to hire each other’s employees in violation of the law. The lawsuits, which seek monetary damages as well as the cessation of any illegal practices, were originally filed in multiple districts and then consolidated into a single multidistrict case.

The lawsuits reflect an increase in the prosecution of actions aimed at so-called “no-poach” agreements between companies, agreements that are intended to restrict employee mobility and artificially depress employee salaries for the benefit of the companies. Dean M. Harvey, a Lieff Cabraser partner who represents plaintiffs in these cases, noted that, “The big takeaway is that antitrust laws protect employees as well as consumers.”

You can read the full article on Bloomberg’s site (subscription) or visit our case page to learn more about the lawsuit.