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US Justice Dept investigates IT firms' hiring practices

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is investigating whether the hiring practices of Google, Yahoo, Apple and some other technology companies may have violated anti-trust regulations, The Washington Post reported last week.
The focus of the investigation is not clear, but appears to address the possible agreements among these companies not to poach top executives from one another. The investigation includes biotech company Genentech, as well as other tech companies, the Post said, citing two unidentified sources.
Tom Ajamie, managing partner of the Ajamie law firm in Houston, says he was surprised by the reports of the investigation. Ajamie's firm focuses on antitrust and employment cases, and Ajamie has represented several tech companies in lawsuits over employees leaving for competitors, he says.