Wash. Enforcer Calls DOJ 'Somewhat Misguided' On No-Poach

Law360 (April 28, 2020, 8:13 PM EDT) -- With no-poach lawsuits against franchise-based companies still moving forward, an official with the Washington state attorney general's office continued to argue in comments made public Tuesday that franchise agreements inhibiting hiring should be considered automatically illegal, calling out the U.S. Department of Justice for making the opposite argument.

Washington Assistant Attorney General Rahul Rao said his office's investigations of franchise provisions limiting or prohibiting individual franchisees within a chain from recruiting or hiring workers from sister franchisees is essentially finished. During a podcast aired in lieu of this year's spring meeting of the American Bar Association's antitrust law section, Rao counted...

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