Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Collusion" Question ... and Answer

Down below in comments under the Collusion post, the question [September 20; 2:53 p.m.] is asked:

The corporations under investigation [for collusion to keep wages down] are negotiating to avoid court. In Canada, this would mean copping a plea, but somehow this is a civil case! How does DOJ have standing in a civil suit? Does that mean the Pixar workers don't?

And after a few phone calls and e-mails, we obtain a lawyer's answer ...

I looked at whether individual employees could sue for antitrust violations. The short answer appears to be (1) yes they can and (2) that is still the case even if the DOJ enters into a consent decree with these studios.

It took me a while to get an answer ... when I couldn't find the answer myself I called Max Blecher, the best antitrust attorney in Southern California ...

We'll add here: If anyone feels they have a case and wants to pursue this, feel free to get in touch with us and we'll connect them with Mr. Blecher.


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