DOJ Secures First Criminal Case Win Against Illegal Employer Collusion

October 27, 2022 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — In a win for the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada sentenced staffing firm VDA to pay $134,000 for engaging in illegal employer collusion agreements today. The American Economic Liberties Project released the following statement in response.

“The criminal penalty levied today by the District of Nevada on VDA is a key victory in the fight to promote economic liberty for all,” said Katherine Van Dyck, Senior Legal Counsel at the American Economic Liberties Project. “VDA will not just pay a fine to the government for illegally conspiring to allocate workers and fix wages, it will also have to pay $72,000 in restitution to the victims of their crimes, nurses. Protecting labor markets is one of the most important tenets of our antitrust laws. By ensuring corporate crime is met with criminal consequences, the Antitrust Division and the courts are finally upholding that ideal.”

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The American Economic Liberties Project works to ensure America’s system of commerce is structured to advance, rather than undermine, economic liberty, fair commerce, and a secure, inclusive democracy. Economic Liberties believes true economic liberty means entrepreneurs and businesses large and small succeed on the merits of their ideas and hard work; commerce empowers consumers, workers, farmers, and engineers instead of subjecting them to discrimination and abuse from financiers and monopolists; foreign trade arrangements support domestic security and democracy; and wealth is broadly distributed to support equitable political power.