Morvillo Abramowitz Secures Major Victory for Client in High-Profile No-Poach Case

May 2, 2023

Led by partner Richard F. Albert, Morvillo Abramowitz secured a significant victory on behalf of its client, one of six individuals charged in the Justice Department's latest, and most high-profile, criminal antitrust case based on an alleged “no-poach” agreement.   Connecticut federal judge Victor A. Bolden dismissed the case on Friday, following five weeks of trial.  The Court ruled that "no reasonable juror” could find the six accused aerospace and engineering outsource company executives guilty based on the evidence presented.  This is an extraordinary result, as Judge Bolden’s decision marks the first time in decades that criminal antitrust charges have been thrown out at the close of the prosecution’s case, prior to going to the jury.

The ruling is a significant setback for the DOJ Antitrust Division's efforts to prosecute alleged deals to restrict recruitment and hiring, as it continues to struggle to win a single jury conviction on these accusations. Bloomberg reports that this is now the “...DOJ Antitrust Division's fourth and latest loss in bringing criminal charges to curb antitrust violations in labor markets.”

The case centered around allegations of an employee "no-poach" agreement between our client and other current and former executives from engineering outsourcing firms, and former Pratt & Whitney outsourcing manager Mahesh Patel. The government accused them of entering into a conspiracy to restrict the hiring and recruiting of engineers and other skilled workers.

Morvillo Abramowitz attorneys Richard F. Albert, Jorja Knauer and Andrew Dennis Dillon conducted the trial, with support from Penina Moisa.

Additional coverage can be found at:

The Wall Street Journal: Judge Acquits Aerospace Executives Accused of Rigging Labor Market

Bloomberg: Ex-Pratt & Whitney Exec, Others Acquitted in No-Poach Case

Law360: DOJ's Latest, Biggest No-Poach Trial Thrown Out