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Knorr, Wabtec must end ‘no-poach’ agreements

Jaclyn Jaeger | April 3, 2018

The Department of Justice reached a settlement with rail equipment suppliers Knorr-Bremse and Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies (Wabtec) to resolve allegations that these companies had for years maintained unlawful agreements not to compete for each other’s employees.

The lawsuit further alleges that the companies entered into similar agreements—generally referred to as “no-poach” agreements—with rail equipment supplier Faiveley Transport before being acquired by Wabtec in November 2016. 

The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division filed a civil antitrust lawsuit on April 3 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to challenge Knorr and Wabtec’s no-poach agreements. At the same time, the Justice Department filed a proposed settlement that, if approved by the court, would resolve its competitive concerns and restore...

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