Magistrate Judge Chelsey M. Vascura of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Eastern Division) entered an Order setting a schedule for the completion of discovery, class certification, and dispositive motions.
The Joseph Saveri Law Firm has filed an antitrust class action alleging that Defendants Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., Mission Essential Personnel, LLC, CACI International Inc., CACI Technologies LLC, and CACI Technologies Inc. agreed not to hire one another’s skilled professionals working at the Joint Intelligence Operations Center Europe Analytic Center located in Molesworth, England (“JAC Molesworth”). The suit is pending in United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division.
Plaintiffs Sarah Hunter and David Youtz—former Mission Essential employees—allege that these illegal agreements suppressed compensation for skilled professionals working at JAC Molesworth, in violation of United States antitrust law. The Firm and co-counsel Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor, LLC seek damages and injunctive relief on behalf of Plaintiffs and a proposed Class of skilled professionals who worked at JAC Molesworth between January 1, 2015, and the present.
Defendants have been the only non-military employers conducting military intelligence work at JAC Molesworth under contracts with the Department of Defense since at least 2013. After initially competing with one another for skilled labor, Defendants allegedly agreed not to hire one another’s employees. Due to a lack of other market participants, Defendants’ alleged unlawful agreements eliminated all competition in the market for skilled labor at JAC Molesworth. The agreements had the purpose and effect of fixing and suppressing employee compensation, and imposing unlawful restrictions on employee mobility.
Defendants’ alleged conspiracy and agreements restrained trade and are per se unlawful under federal law. Plaintiffs demand a jury trial and seek injunctive relief and damages for violations of Section 1 of the Sherman Act.
December 12, 2019
November 12, 2019
Judge George Smith of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Eastern Division) entered an Opinion and Order Denying Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss the Amended Complaint.