U.S. Department of Justice and California Attorney General File Antitrust Lawsuits Against eBay – Adding to the List of Companies Sued Over “High-Tech No-Poach Agreements ”

The U.S. Department of Justice and California Attorney General both announced today their filing of civil antitrust lawsuits against online giant eBay Inc.  The lawsuits, filed in federal court in San Jose, California, allege that eBay violated federal and California antitrust laws by agreeing not to recruit or hire employees of fellow technology giant Intuit Inc.

The government lawsuits allege that the agreement between eBay and Intuit significantly eliminated competition for employees, and deprived workers of access to better jobs and higher salaries.

The Joseph Saveri Law Firm, with co-counsel, is already spearheading a class action lawsuit against Intuit Inc., along with Adobe Systems, Inc., Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corp., Pixar, and LucasFilm, alleging that those companies violated antitrust laws by entering into a web of anticompetitive agreements not to “poach” each other’s employees.  That case, In re High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation, No. 11-CV-2509-LHK, is also pending in federal court in San Jose.  Commented Joseph Saveri:  “Today’s lawsuits against eBay expand the web of anticompetitive agreements among some of the nation’s highest-profile technology companies to encompass yet another industry giant.  We are very pleased by the DOJ’s and AG’s attention to this important issue, and committed to recovering for our clients and their colleagues the compensation they are due as a result of their employers’ anticompetitive conduct.”

To contact the Joseph Saveri Law Firm about the high-tech workers antitrust cases, contact attorney James Dallal:   jdallal@saverilawfirm.com.