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No Harm No Foul? The Justice Department Finds Anti-Trust Violations in Hiring Practices

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Expert Perspective by Grahall’s OmniMedia Editorial Board

In their September 24, 2010 article for the  Wall Street Journal authors Thomas Catan and Brent Kendall (U.S. Tech Probe Nears End)  write: “Several of the U.S.’s largest technology companies are in advanced talks with the Justice Department to avoid a court battle over whether they colluded to hold down wages by agreeing not to poach each other’s employees… these agreements constitute an effort by companies to fix the price of labor, and are therefore just as harmful as price-fixing or bid-rigging—automatic violations of antitrust law.”

Silicon Valley’s response has been two-fold. 
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