Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Google Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
Alphabet Inc.
Penalty: 
$103,750,000
Year: 
2015
Date: 
September 2, 2015
Primary Offense: 
wage and hour violation
Secondary Offense: 
price-fixing or anti-competitive practices
Violation Description: 

This case involved allegations that high-tech companies conspired not to hire each other's employees, thus suppressing salary levels. Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe Systems together agreed to settle the matter for $415 million. The settlement did not specify how much each of the companies would pay. Here we assume the total was equally divided among the four.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
private litigation
Court: 
Northern District of California
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Case ID: 
5:11-cv-2509
Case Name: 
In Re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation
Private Lawsuit Resolution Type: 
settlement
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
California
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
information technology
Specific Industry of Parent: 
internet services
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Parent company note: 
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