Fast-Food Chains Settle In DOJ, Wash. AG No-Poach Battle

Law360 (March 19, 2019, 6:58 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice may have to find another forum to argue how courts should handle antitrust lawsuits against franchise-based no-poach agreements after a federal judge in Washington state disclosed a settlement between three fast-food chains and former workers.

U.S. District Judge Stanley A. Bastian offered no details about the deal other than to say in separate two-page orders Monday that Carl's Jr., Auntie Anne's and Arby's had all settled their respective cases consolidated in the Eastern District Of Washington. The settlements mean these proposed class actions won't be venues to influence a brewing debate between the DOJ and some states over...

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