Re: Not Anticompetitive?
I find the lack of symmetry here particularly upsetting. If a group of employees conspired to reduce their productivity to make corporate stock decline so they could profit from a short stock sale, they would be prosecuted, fined, and probably jailed.
Yet when executives conspired to reduce employee pay, for the ultimate goal of lower costs and better stock performance, and did so knowing the behavior was unlawful (Eric Schmidt's email seeking to take the discussion offline is a smoking gun here), none of them face personal liability. And the civil penalty paid is so minor as to be no deterent at all.