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Episode 182 — Antitrust Division Brings First Criminal Indictments for No-Poach and Wage-Fixing Agreements

Four years ago, in 2016, the Antitrust Division and FTC issued guidance as to the application of antitrust laws to no-poaching and wage-fixing agreements between employers.  The guidance stated, “Going forward, the Justice Departments intends to criminally investigate naked no-poaching or wage-fixing agreements that are unrelated or unnecessary to a larger legitimate collaboration between the employers.”

The Antitrust Division has not put its money where its mouth is — announcing two important criminal cases for no-poach and wage-fixing agreements.

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