A Cold, Cold World: Nixing 'No Cold-Call' Agreements

Law360, New York (October 14, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit on Sept. 24 against six high-tech companies, charging that their alleged bilateral agreements to refrain from “cold calling” — that is, soliciting — each other’s employees for employment are automatically illegal under federal antitrust law. The government filed its proposed settlement agreement with the companies the same day, along with its views on when nonsolicitation agreements are, and are not, unlawful. United States v. Adobe Systems, et al., (D.D.C.)

The DOJ charges that the “no cold-call” agreements restrained competition...
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