U.S. v. Mahesh Patel, et. al.


A former manager of a major aerospace engineering company and five current and former executives of outsource engineering suppliers are charged with entering into a conspiracy to restrict the hiring and recruiting of engineers and other skilled-labor employees among their respective companies. The charged conspiracy began as early as 2011 and continued at least as late as 2019.

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Indictment (December 15, 2021)

Case Open Date: 
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Case Name: 
United States v. Mahesh Patel; Robert Harvey; Harpreet Wasan; Steven Houghtaling; Tom Edwards; and Gary Prus
Case Type: 
Case Violation: 
Agreements Not to Compete
Mahesh Patel
Robert Harvey
Harpreet Wasan
Steven Houghtaling
Tom Edwards
Gary Prus
Aerospace Services
Industry Code: 
Aircraft Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturing
Engineering Services
Other Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing
Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing
Antitrust Division
Case Documents: 
Updated March 25, 2022