April 15 (Reuters) – A jury in Denver, Colorado, acquitted dialysis provider DaVita DVA.N and its former CEO Kent Thiry on Friday accused of conspiring with competitors not to hire each other’s employees.
The Justice Department had alleged in the case that DaVita and Surgical Care Affiliates LLC required high-level employees who sought to work for them to notify their current employers that they were seeking employment.
“The jury said this case should never have been brought,” Thiry said in a statement. “I want to thank the community who have provided so much support during this difficult time.”
While law enforcement has traditionally focused on awards and innovation in antitrust enforcement, the Biden administration has shifted focus somewhat to put more emphasis on potentially illegal deals. to lower wages.
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(Reporting by Diane Bartz, Mike Scarcella and Katanga Johnson)
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