A Fighter for Fair Competition
Dean M. Harvey represents workers, consumers, and small businesses in antitrust and intellectual property cases.
Dean is among the nation’s leading advocates for workers asserting antitrust claims. He is the Chair of Lieff Cabraser’s Labor Antitrust Practice Group. He represented a nationwide class of over 64,000 high-tech workers against Google, Apple, Intel and other tech giants for 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 Daily Journal described the case as the “most significant antitrust employment case in recent history,” adding that it “has been widely recognized as a legal and public policy breakthrough.” The case is the subject of a documentary: When Rules Don’t Apply.
Dean also represented a class of over 5,000 academic doctors at Duke and UNC regarding an understanding between the schools not to compete for each other’s faculty. That case resulted in a settlement of $54.5 million (approximately $10,000 per class member) and unprecedented injunctive relief, including an important enforcement role for the United States Department of Justice. 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.”
Dean was Co-Lead Class counsel of a nationwide class of workers who alleged a conspiracy between the world’s two leading rail equipment suppliers to suppress the pay of their employees. That case led to total settlements of $48.95 million. He is also proposed Co-Lead Class Counsel in several cases against the nation’s leading fast food franchisors, challenging agreements that prohibited franchisees and franchisors from competing for each other’s workers.
Dean is also lead Interim Class Counsel for a proposed class of purchasers of bail bonds in California. This first-of-its-kind case alleges a conspiracy among sureties and bail agents to inflate bail bond prices.