I am quite pleased to hear of this and hope that the lawsuit is seen to a good conclusion for the plaintiffs.
Non-competitive employment clauses are illegal in the United States, as seen by the DoJ settlement, but the DoJ's settlement was nothing but a corporatist sellout with the typical 'slap on the wrist' penalties. No fines, not incarcerations, just a promise to "do better in the future" by the 6 companies judged the equivalent of 'guilty'. In the United States, if you are rich and break the law you get an Old Boy's Club wink and nudge 'You got found out. Try to be more careful next time' and the raep-and-pillage show simply goes on.
Hopefully, with a very public 'all-clear to proceed' from this judge, a bit more than a gentlemen's handshake conclusion will be forthcoming.