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Labor market criminal antitrust offenses in the crosshairs

by John F. McLean and Patrick E. O’Shaughnessy

John “Jack” McLean, Of Counsel to the firm, and Patrick O’Shaughnessy, a Principal of Bartko Bunzel & Miller, have published an article in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal highlighting how the U.S. Department of Justice is following through on its warning to proceed criminally against wage-fixing and no poaching agreements.

As quoted in a 2017 Daily Journal article, the federal antitrust agencies were serious when they warned: “DOJ intends to proceed criminally against naked wage-fixing or no-poaching agreements [in the labor markets]. These types of agreements eliminate competition in the same irredeemable way as agreements to fix product prices or allocate customers, which have traditionally been criminally investigated and prosecuted as hardcore cartel conduct.” View the pdf article in its entirety.