(Reuters) – Dialysis provider DaVita Inc. and its former CEO Kent Thiry were indicted by a federal jury in Denver on charges they conspired with competitors not to hire each other's key personnel, the US Justice Department said on Thursday.  DaVita reportedly had an agreement with Surgical Care Affiliates LLC, which was debited in January. The case is ongoing, the department said.
DaVita and Thiry had allegedly had an anti-poaching agreement with SCA from 2012 to 2017 that aimed to prevent each company from providing each other with senior employees, the department said. It had another, similar agreement with another, unnamed company that ran from 2017 to 2019, the department said.
DaVita did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The allegations came when the Biden administration tried to carry out a sweeping executive order aimed at promoting competition in the US economy, including the labor market.