On October 24, 2013, Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California certified a class of employees in a wage suppression “no employee solicitation” antitrust case in In Re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation, Case No.: 11-CV-02509, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 153752 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 24, 2013). In an area in which plaintiffs have previously struggled, this is the second federal case in just over a month that has granted certification of a class of employees claiming wage suppression in violation of federal antitrust laws. See Cason-Merenda, et al. v. Detroit Medical Center, Case No. 06-15601, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131006 (E.D. Mich. Sept. 6, 2013), which we blogged about here. These types of claims merit employers’ attention as the potential liability can be substantial if a class can be certified.
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