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Robbins Arroyo LLP News  /  04.12.2018

Knorr-Bremse AG and Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Settle with U.S. Over Agreements to Not Poach Workers

Rail Equipment Suppliers and Subsidiaries Settle with U.S. Over Agreements to Not Poach Workers

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced on April 3, 2018, that rail equipment suppliers Knorr-Bremse AG (“Knorr”) and Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (“Wabtec”) agreed to terminate illegal agreements not to compete with each other’s employees.  A third company, Faiveley Transport S.A. (“Faiveley”), also participated in the agreements until it was acquired by Wabtec in 2016. These no-poach agreements, in effect since at least 2009, are illegal under antitrust law because they restrict competition for U.S. rail industry workers, potentially limiting their access to better jobs, and restricting their mobility.

The settlement, which resolves a civil antitrust lawsuit filed by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, will require Knorr and Wabtec to implement compliance measures to prevent this behavior in the future and will restore competition for employees in the U.S. rail industry.

If you have worked at Knorr, Wabtec, Faiveley, or any of their subsidiaries* and would like more information about your rights and potential remedies, please contact us or email Leo Kandinov at

*Anchor Brake Shoe Company LLC (US), Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC (US), Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (US), Durox Company, Ellcon Drive LLC, Ellcon Drive LLC., FW Acquisition LLC, G&B Specialties, Inc., IFE North America LLC, Longwood Elastomers, Inc., Longwood Engineered Products, Inc., Longwood Industries, Inc., MotivePower, Inc., New York Air Brake LLC., Railroad Controls, L.P, railroad Friction Products Corporation., RCL, L.L.C., Ricon Corp., Schaefer Equipment, Inc., SCT Technology LLC., Standard Car Truck Company, Technologies Lanka Inc., TransTech of SC, Inc., Turbonetics Holdings, Inc., Wabtec Corporation Workhorse Rail, LLC., Xorail, Inc., Young Touchstone Company
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