August 16, 2022

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Federal jury acquits DaVita, ex-CEO Kent Thiry in antitrust case

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A federal jury found Denver-based DaVita and its former CEO Kent Thiry not guilty Friday, after determining that neither the dialysis giant nor Thiry broke the law when they made agreements with other companies not to hire each other’s employees. 

The verdicts Friday capped a nearly two-week trial of a closely watched criminal conspiracy case. It was the first time that a criminal jury has been asked to decide if corporations are committing a crime when they agree not to hire employees away from each other, and it could have set a precedent criminalizing that practice as an antitrust violation. 

Thiry and DaVita, one of the country’s largest kidney care companies, were initially indicted in July on two counts of violating the Sherman Act, which deals with antitrust law. In…

Olivia Prentzel

2022-04-15 16:24:49

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