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The U.S. Department of Justice sued eBay Inc., alleging the company violated antitrust laws when it entered into a mutual agreement with Intuit Inc. not to recruit workers from one another.
“eBay’s agreement with Intuit hurt employees by lowering the salaries and benefits they might have received and deprived them of better job opportunities at the other company,” said Joseph Wayland, acting assistant attorney general in charge of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. “The Antitrust Division has consistently taken the position that these kinds of agreements are per se unlawful under the antitrust laws.”
The Department of Justice did not include Intuit in the lawsuit announced Friday because that firm has already been involved in a similar lawsuit by the department.
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