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Man with money in envelope The DOJ had previously issued a warning that agreements between competitors to set wages or to refrain from soliciting each other’s employees could result in criminal prosecution. (Photo: Atstock Productions/stock.adobe.com)

A federal jury found the former owner of a physical therapist staffing company not guilty on two counts and guilty to a third count in the first-ever criminal wage-fixing and no-poach indictments.

Following a six-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the jury declared in its verdict that Neeraj Jindal, the former owner of a physical therapy staffing company, was not guilty of violating Section 1 of the Sherman Act. He was accused in United States v. Jindal of conspiring with competitors to lower pay for physical therapists.

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