Final Approval Granted to $48.95M Knorr Wabtec Railway Industry Employee No-Poach Antitrust Settlement

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Lawsuit alleged the companies agreed to under-the-table and illegal deals to not-hire each other’s employees in order to keep wages and job competition low

On August 26, 2020, Judge Joy Flowers Conti of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania granted final approval to a settlement of the labor antitrust litigation filed by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel on behalf of railway workers who alleged an illegal scheme by Knorr and Wabtec to improperly avoid hiring each other’s employees to artificially suppress compensation and competition in the related job market. Judge Conti found the settlement merited final approval, and approved the proposed Notice Administrator, the forms of Notice and the Notice Plan, conditionally certified a Settlement Class that satisfied all prerequisites for Rule 23(a) and (b) certification. [Read more…]

Judge Close To Granting Preliminary Approval of $48.95M Settlement in Knorr, Wabtec No-Poach Antitrust Case

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As reported by Law360 (Subscription), U.S District Judge Joy Flowers Conti has indicated she is close to granting preliminary approval to a $48.95 million settlement of the antitrust lawsuit in which employee plaintiffs alleged Knorr-Bermse AG and Wabtec Corp. improperly agreed not to hire each other’s employees resulting in suppressed and lost wages. The settlement proceeds will be distributed to workers of both companies. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Settlement of Knorr and Wabtec Employee No-Poach Antitrust Lawsuit

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Proposed settlements with world’s dominant railway equipment suppliers will provide $48.95 million for employees who alleged their compensation was adversely impacted by an agreement between Knorr and Wabtec not to poach each other’s employees

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C. announce a total of $48.95 million in settlements to resolve antitrust claims of a class of approximately 8,396 employees of Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation and certain subsidiaries (“Wabtec”) and Knorr-Bremse AG and certain subsidiaries (“Knorr”). Knorr has agreed to pay $12 million, and Wabtec has agreed to pay $36.95 million. [Read more…]

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

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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. [Read more…]

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

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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. [Read more…]