A court on Tuesday issued an injunction barring Netflix from poaching employees from Fox and confirming the validity of fixed-term employment agreements.
The ruling marks a hard-fought victory for Fox — now owned by Disney — which set out three years ago to stop Netflix from raiding its employees.
Netflix had sought to invalidate Fox’s fixed-term employment contracts, arguing that they locked employees into jobs they no longer wanted.
Had Netflix prevailed, it would have upended a standard industry practice and given employees greater leverage in negotiations with their employers.
“The court’s ruling today brings to an end years of unlawful practices by Netflix,” said attorney Daniel Petrocelli, who argued the case for Fox.
Fox filed suit in September 2016, accusing Netflix of inducing its employees to breach their agreement.
Netflix argued that it expected the employees would be let out of their agreements, and that the agreements were unenforceable. »