Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied defendants’ requests for review of the district court’s order denying their motions to dismiss the case in Seaman v. Duke University, et al., No. 1:15-CV-462. The case will now proceed in the trial court. Read a copy of the Order.
The case is a class action lawsuit that was filed against Duke University, Duke University Health System, and Dr. William L. Roper, M.D., M.P.H., in his official capacity as Dean and Vice-Chancellor of Medical Affairs for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Chief Executive Officer of the University of North Carolina Health Care System charging that the defendants entered into an express, secret agreement not to hire or attempt to hire certain medical facility faculty and staff that they each employed. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages and obtain injunctive relief, including treble damages, for defendants’ alleged violations of federal and North Carolina antitrust law.