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When Rules Don’t Apply Film

UC Hastings Law Hosts Screening of New Documentary Film: “When Rules Don’t Apply” About the Historic High-Tech Antitrust Employment Lawsuit

The half-hour film includes interviews with Lieff Cabraser Antitrust & Employment Law partner Dean Harvey on the civil Apple/Google/Intel et al. lawsuit initiated by our firm

UC Hastings College of the Law along with Filmmakers Collaborative and Tech Workers Coalition will be hosting a screening of the new documentary, “When Rules Don’t Apply,” a film highlighting the recent groundbreaking antitrust employment case brought by Lieff Cabraser and its co-counsel against Google, Apple, Intel, eBay and other major Silicon Valley hi-tech players over their illegal suppression of employee wages and improper restrictions on employee mobility. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on “A New Role for an Old Rule: Antitrust in the 21st Century,” moderated by Professor Veena Dubal of UC Hastings College of the Law and featuring experts from the film including Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey, along with other distinguished guests.  The event will take place on Thursday, May 30th from 6:00-9:00 pm at the UC Hastings Alumni Reception Center in San Francisco.

As the film describes the story: “For years, Apple’s Steve Jobs, Google’s Eric Schmidt and other hi-tech CEOs engaged in a conspiracy against their own employees, agreeing not to hire each other’s workers. The secret deal denied career advancement and better pay to the very people who made their companies successful. When tipped off, Justice Department lawyers used antitrust laws for the first time in a labor case to prosecute companies like Apple, Google, Pixar, Adobe, Intel, Intuit, and others. It’s a tale of greed, power, and arrogance, that reminds us that antitrust laws were created to protect our democracy.” The Justice Department’s case was followed by a private suit that led to an unprecedented $435 million in penalties to the benefit of the employees.

The screening is open to the public but seats are limited. For specific event information and to RSVP please click here.

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.