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Lieff Cabraser Named Co-Lead Counsel in Knorr-Wabtec “No-Poach” Employee Antitrust MDL

U.S. District Court Judge Joy Flowers Conti of the Western District of Pennsylvania has appointed Lieff Cabraser to act as Co-Lead Counsel for plaintiffs alongside Philadelphia law firm Fine, Kaplan and Black in the aggregate “no-poach” employee antitrust litigation against rail equipment companies Knorr-Bremse and Wabtac Railway Electronics. Four groups competed for selection as lead counsel for the plaintiffs, with Lieff Cabraser standing out because of our prior experience and success in no-poach cases, including our firm’s proven ability to combine employment and antitrust lawyers to bring a unique concentration of legal acumen and multidimensional approaches to the case.

Twenty-one separate antitrust actions were filed alleging these companies illegally agreed not to hire each other’s employees. Such improper “no-poach” agreements, intended to restrict employee mobility and artificially depress employee salaries for the benefit of the companies, are facing increasing scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice as well as private plaintiffs. The Knorr-Wabtec cases have now been consolidated into the In Re: Railway Industry Employee No-Poach Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2850, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania under Judge Conti.

Learn more about the Knorr-Wabtech “no poach” litigation.