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$54.5 Million Settlement in Duke/UNC "No Poach" Employee Anticompetition Lawsuit

Final Approval Granted to $54.5m Duke/UNC “No Poach” Antitrust Case Settlement

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles granted final approval to the proposed settlement of the Duke/UNC “No Poach” case valued at $54.5 million.

The settlement includes an unprecedented role for the United States Department of Justice to monitor and enforce extensive injunctive relief. Assistant Attorney General Delrahim remarked: “Permitting the United States to become part of this settlement agreement in this private antitrust case, and thereby to obtain all of the relief and protections it likely would have sought after a lengthy investigation, demonstrates the benefits that can be obtained efficiently for the American worker when public and private enforcement work in tandem.” Please visit for more information.

Lieff Cabraser represents Danielle M. Seaman, M.D. and a class of over 5,000 academic doctors in a class action lawsuit 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. The lawsuit alleges that an agreement between and among the defendants not to compete for certain of each other’s employees (a “No-Hire” agreement) illegally suppressed employee compensation.