Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey will be speaking at the California Public Defenders Association (CPDA) “New Statutes” seminar taking place on March 29, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Emeryville, California. Dean’s talk is titled, “The Newly-Filed Lawsuit Challenging Unfairly High Non-Refundable Premiums Charged for Bail Bonds.”
Dean heads the Lieff Cabraser team that recently filed the first-of-its-kind class action alleging that an antitrust conspiracy has fixed the prices of the premiums paid for commercial bail bonds in California since at least 2004, Crain and Serna v. Accredited Surety, et al., Case No. RG19004509 (Cal. Supr. Ct.). According to the complaint, the surety co-conspirators, through the bail agents they control, have demanded an inflated percentage of the bond—generally as much as 10%—as a non-refundable premium, refusing to compete to lower prices. The prices have stayed fixed even though discounting is permitted, pursuant to an agreement they have maintained for years.
“Everyone in our society deserves the benefits of competition, especially when their personal freedom is on the line,” notes Dean.
About Dean Harvey
A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, Dean Harvey represents individuals and companies in antitrust, business tort, employment, and intellectual property litigation. His cases seek to remedy and prevent wrongful conduct by dominant firms. These precedent-setting lawsuits concern a wide variety of industries and markets. Remedies include reimbursing purchasers who have overpaid for price-fixed products; preventing monopolists from stifling innovation and eliminating competition; and obtaining damages for businesses, inventors, and copyright owners.
Mr. Harvey was a leader in the High-Tech Antitrust class action against Google, Apple, Intel and other tech giants for allegedly conspiring to suppress the mobility and compensation of their technical employees. This landmark case resulted in the largest recovery (by far) of anPy class action asserting antitrust claims in the employment context: $435 million. Mr. Harvey continues the fight to ensure that employees receive competitive compensation, currently representing a doctor in a class action alleging an unlawful no-hire agreement between the medical schools of Duke University and the University of North Carolina.