Gov't Wants Surgical No-Poach Suits Iced Amid Criminal Case

Law360 (March 15, 2021, 5:57 PM EDT) -- U.S. antitrust enforcers are seeking to have their criminal no-poaching case against a UnitedHealth Group surgical unit wrap up before private litigants get a stab at proposed class actions pending against the medical provider in Illinois federal court.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed Friday for an immediate stay in the private litigation while the court weighs its request for a nine-month delay in order to give it time to prosecute its first-ever criminal no-poach case. The DOJ has accused Surgical Care Affiliates LLC of plotting with competitors to not snag each other's employees.

"A stay would promote judicial efficiency, protect the integrity...

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