Bloomberg Law
March 22, 2023, 8:22 PM

Justice Department Handed Defeat in Maine Criminal No-Poach Trial

Dan Papscun
Dan Papscun

A Maine jury found four home care agency managers not guilty of conspiring to refrain from hiring competitors’ workers, handing the Justice Department its latest defeat in its criminal enforcement of labor antitrust law.

The verdict Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Maine ends a year-long attempt by DOJ’s antitrust division to convict the managers, who faced claims that they sought to fix wages for personal support specialists and refrain from hiring each others’ staff. The alleged agreement covered the first two months of the pandemic, the DOJ said.

“We’re just really happy,” said Jonathan Goodman ...

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