Promoting Fair Competition
Dean’s cases 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.
For instance, Dean was a leader in the 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 any class action asserting antitrust claims in the employment context: $435 million. The case was a finalist in every category evaluated by the American Antitrust Institute for its Antitrust Enforcements Awards, and received the AAI Award for Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Economics.
Dean continues the fight to ensure that employees receive competitive compensation. He currently represents 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.
Dean represents consumers in the firm’s ongoing litigation against generic drug makers for blocking access to affordable, generic versions of the brand name prescription drug Cipro. The California Supreme Court granted review, and on May 7, 2015, issued a landmark decision upholding the rights of consumers to challenge anticompetitive deals between brand name prescription drug makers and generic drug makers.
Dean also represents individual employees, businesses, and intellectual property owners. For example, Dean represents the photographer who created the original image upon which Nike allegedly based its Michael Jordan “Jumpman” logo. The copyright case seeks to ensure that artists receive protection for their creative expression.
Prior to joining Lieff Cabraser, Dean represented both plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust class actions and other complex commercial cases. He previously worked for the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, and was a Law Clerk to the Honorable James V. Selna of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
In 2016, Dean received a California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) award for the Cipro antitrust litigation. From 2013 to the present, Super Lawyers has named Dean a “Super Lawyer,” after naming him a “Rising Star” from 2010 through 2012. In 2013, The Recorder recognized Dean as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track,” one of 50 attorneys in California “whose early accomplishments indicate they will be tomorrow’s top lawyers and leaders.” In 2006, Dean received the first annual William E. Swope Antitrust Writing Award for his paper, “Anticompetitive Social Norms as Antitrust Violations,” published by the California Law Review.
Dean is Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, Competition Torts Committee, and is a member of the Law360 Competition Editorial Advisory Board. He is also a Board Member of San Francisco Menorah Park, a non-profit subsidized housing facility for the elderly.