- October 2, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
Legal briefs filed by state and national business organizations and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers argue that federal charges in an antitrust case against Denver-based DaVita Inc. and its former CEO Kent Thiry should be dismissed.
In a brief filed Thursday, the Colorado Chamber of Commerce said the state shouldn’t be used as “a laboratory” for a new application of the Sherman Antitrust Act. The U.S. Department of Justice announced in July that a federal grand jury handed up a two-count indictment against DaVita and Thiry for conspiring with other health care firms to not solicit each other’s employees.
The charges stem from an investigation by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division into employee allocation agreements in which health care providers pledged to not recruit each other’s workers. The agreements limit workers’ ability to earn higher pay and advance their careers, the DOJ said.
But the Colorado Chamber of Commerce,…