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Federal Court Approves $415 Million Settlement of Employee Antitrust Claims Against California Technology Employers

On September 2, 2015, a federal trial court in California approved a $415 million settlement of an antitrust class action filed against a number of Silicon Valley technology employers, including Apple Inc. and Google, among...more

Another FTC Conduct Case to Bolster Generic Drug Competition: Pharmaceuticals Charged with Illegal Non-Compete for Generic ADHD...

The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC” or “Commission”) ever-expanding list of enforcement actions to preserve competition for generic pharmaceuticals just grew in a new direction. This week, two generic pharmaceutical...more

Health Update - May 2015

Building a Culture of Health: The Value Proposition of Retail Clinics - Editor’s Note: Since first emerging on the healthcare landscape more than 15 years ago, retail clinics have seen significant growth. There are now...more

Federal and State Governments Respond to Recent Data Breaches and Propose New Cybersecurity Laws

Over the past few months, major retailers and Internet content providers, like Target and Sony, have been victims of massive cyber-attacks resulting in the release of customer credit card data, private corporate e-mails, and...more

Antitrust Class Actions Against Employers: A Silicon Valley Special?

One substitute for non-competes with employees is a no-hire agreement with competing employers. As the continuing litigation toll in the Silicon Valley illustrates, that option is illusory...more

Tech Companies Reach New Settlement in Anti-Poaching Cases

This blog has previously reported on the anti-poaching cases involving various tech companies in Silicon Valley.  The cases arise out of alleged agreements between various tech companies not to recruit each other’s...more

Digital Insights & Trends: There’s an App for That – But Is It Legal?

The “sharing economy” is an e-commerce darling, making household names of companies like Airbnb and Lyft, with lesser-known businesses such as RelayRides and MoneyParking emerging daily. Also called the peer-to-peer business...more

Recruiting Practices of Big Tech Companies Result in Antitrust Violations

Since 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Antitrust Division has carried out a series of investigations into a number of high-tech companies accusing them of playing by their own rules and stifling competition with...more

Leave My Employees Alone! You Promised You Wouldn’t Hire/Solicit Them

With the antitrust class action against Google, Apple, Intel and other Silicon Valley heavyweights nearly in the books ($300 million plus in settlements and millions more in defense fees later), it is time once again to ask...more

Tech Titans Settle Wage Antitrust Case

As often happens in the vicinity of courthouse steps, the high-profile Silicon Valley hiring antitrust class-action lawsuit has settled, pending court approval. In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation originally pitted...more

Employment Law

California Employers Face Rise In PAGA Suits - Why it matters: California employers are facing a proliferation of suits filed under the State’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA): new data reveals that the number of...more

National Implications From Settlement of High-Profile Employee Raiding Case

Four major Silicon Valley-based tech companies—Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe Systems—announced a settlement on Thursday, April 24, in a closely-watched lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in the tech...more

Anti-“Corporate Raiding” Agreements Present Their Own Concerns

Facing stiff competition for talent and a mobile work force, several technology companies located in Silicon Valley allegedly made a pact not to recruit each other’s employees including agreeing not to “cold call” employees....more

$20 Million Settlement in In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation, a Non-Poaching Agreement Case

Three of the seven companies defending allegations that they violated U.S. antitrust law by agreeing not to recruit each other’s employees agreed to settle all claims against them in In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust...more

"Eye on Privacy" Newsletter - September 2013

In this issue: - Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Guidance on the Application of Its Self-Regulatory Principles to the Mobile Environment - TCPA Update: Recent Decisions and Significant Upcoming Change to...more

Life Sciences Spotlight | Issue 3, 2013

IN THIS ISSUE: - FEATURES: - A new wave of regulatory enforcement actions in China – Are we witnessing a prolonged enforcement cycle? - Update on recent decisions - Australia’s innovation patent – The...more

The Unique Culture of a Start-Up

Keith Rabois, COO of Square, left his job last month, citing legal threats from a young colleague with whom he had a two-year relationship, which subsequently threw a spotlight on the risks associated with the freewheeling...more

Mobile App Disclaimers Not Sufficient to Circumvent FCRA Requirements

The Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement last week with a mobile app company, its data provider, and their CEO in its first Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) enforcement action involving mobile applications. The...more

DOJ Antitrust Division Continues To Pursue Employers Engaged in Efforts to Restrict Employee Job Change

On November 16, the DOJ Antitrust Division filed an antitrust action against eBay, alleging that "[s]enior executives at eBay and Intuit entered into an evolving ‘handshake’ agreement . . . [that] prohibited either company...more

Healthcare Legal News - June 21, 2012 • Volume 2, Number 5

In This Issue: - Self-Insurance Sham? One way that employers seek to control health plan costs is by self-insuring the plan. By self-insuring, an employer pays only the cost of claims plus an administrative fee...more

Online Data Seller Settles with FTC over Sale of Social Media Data

The Federal Trade Commission’s willingness to exercise its enforcement authority under the Fair Credit Reporting Act was evident again last week in its $800,000 settlement with data broker Spokeo, Inc., described in an FTC...more

Background Checks: There's An App For That

In January of this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a warning to three companies that sell mobile applications (apps) which provide background reports, including criminal record reports. The issues are whether...more

Silicon Handshake or Hangman's Noose: The NDA's Opportunities and Risks

Nondisclosure Agreements ("NDAs") are everywhere: a Silicon Valley Don Juan had an NDA ready for every date. However, NDAs are not created equal -- what is good for the discloser is not good for the recipient. The "Silicon...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update - Vol. 2, Issue 3 - June 2011

In this issue: Do Consumers Have Property Rights in Their Personal Information Collected by Website Operators?; NLRB Gets Worked Up Over Social Media Policies; Linking Liability: One Win, One Loss for Google in Europe;...more

Silicon Valley Firms Settle DOJ Hiring Practices Charges, But Are No-Solicitation Agreements Per Se Illegal?

Ending an investigation launched more than a year ago, on September 24, 2010, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice entered into an agreement with Google Inc., Apple Inc., Intel Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., Intuit...more

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