$54.5 Million Settlement Proposed in Duke/UNC “No Poach” Employee Anticompetition Lawsuit

On May 20, 2019, a settlement valued at $54.5 million was filed in the class action lawsuit against Duke University over an alleged illegal employee-poaching agreement with the University of North Carolina. The proposed settlement came on the same day that the U.S. Department of Justice decided to intervene in the suit by filing a motion to intervene seeking to prohibit Duke and UNC from signing “no-poach” employee agreements during the next five years. [Read more…]

American Antitrust Institute Pens Letter of Opposition to Department of Justice Over DOJ’s “Misguided” Approach Toward Fast Food Franchise No-Poach Employee Restriction Agreements

Fast food worker no-poach blog

On Thursday May 2, 2019 the American Antitrust Institute submitted a thirteen-page letter to the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice expressing concerns that the DOJ’s recent Statement of Interest relating to fast food franchise employee “no-poach” cases “threatens to lead district courts astray and discourage antitrust challenges to patently anticompetitive labor-market restraints that exploit the most vulnerable workers in the franchise sector.” The Antitrust Institute, along with many other employee rights organizations and advocates, contends that the practice of restricting employees from moving from one store to another within the same franchise violates antitrust laws and causes workers’ wages to be lower than they would otherwise be if not limited by the resulting reductions in career mobility and advancement. [Read more…]

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

When Rules Don’t Apply Film

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. [Read more…]

New Film ‘When Rules Don’t Apply’ Spotlights Successful Antitrust Challenges to Illegal High-Tech Labor Practices

When Rules Don’t Apply Film

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

In the wake of the successful and precedent-setting lawsuit against numerous tech giants of Silicon Valley, David Donnenfield of Full Frame Productions and Kevin White of Filmmakers Collaborative SF have released “When Rules Don’t Apply,” a new short film highlighting the pivotal legal antitrust actions brought by Lieff Cabraser and its co-counsel against Google, Apple, eBay and other major hi-tech players over the illegal suppression of employee wages and restrictions on employee mobility. [Read more…]

Brendan Glackin and Dean Harvey to Speak at Santa Clara University School of Law Antitrust Symposium

DMH and BPG Antitrust Symposium

Lieff Cabraser partners Brendan Glackin and Dean Harvey will speak at the “Antitrust and Silicon Valley: New Themes and Direction in Competition Law and Policy” symposium at the Santa Clara University School of Law on Friday, March 1, 2019. The event, co-sponsored by the California Lawyers Association: Antitrust, UCL & Privacy Section, will feature a number of well-known antitrust and competition lawyers, experts, and scholars. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey Discusses Two-Sided Markets and Antitrust Law at California Lawyers Association Webinar

Dean Harvey Discusses Two-Sided Markets and Antitrust Law at California Lawyers Association Webinar

Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey is teaching a webinar on “Antitrust Analysis in Two-Sided Markets” for the California Lawyers Association (CLA) from 12:00-1:00pm on February 21, 2019. The webinar is being put together by the Antitrust, UCL & Privacy Section of the CLA and will feature a panel discussion that will explore the treatment of two-sided markets in antitrust law, with an emphasis on how the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Ohio v. American Express has been interpreted by courts and invoked by litigants thus far, and how the case is likely to shape legal theories and analysis in antitrust cases going forward. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey Speaks on Predatory California Bail Bonds Litigation at California Public Defenders Association Seminar

Dean Harvey Speaks on Predatory California Bail Bonds Litigation at California Public Defenders Association Seminar

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.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Public Interest Groups Bring Lawsuit Alleging Insurance Companies Conspired to Inflate California Bail Bond Premiums

Lawsuit Brought by Lieff Cabraser and Public Interest Groups Contends Insurance Companies Conspired to Inflate Bail Bond Premiums

Suit filed on behalf of thousands of Californians alleges conspiracy in the bail industry to fix prices and inflate bail bond premiums, making it more difficult for people to afford bail

SAN FRANCISCO — In a first-of-its-kind class action lawsuit filed today in California Superior Court, the law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Justice Catalyst, Public Counsel, the National Consumer Law Center, and Towards Justice allege that an antitrust conspiracy has fixed the prices of the premiums paid for commercial bail bonds since at least 2004. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey to Speak on the Latest Developments in No-Poach Agreements at the California Lawyers Association (CLA)

DMH to Speak at CLA No Poach Program

Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey will be featured as a distinguished speaker at the “Latest Developments in No-Poach Agreements” program taking place at the California Lawyers Association (CLA) on January 29, 2019 from 12:00pm,-1:00pm. The program is being put together by the Antitrust, UCL & Privacy Section and the Labor & Employment Section of the CLA and will feature the following: [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser & Co-Counsel Announce Elite Swimmers, Pro Swimming League, Sue FINA Over Antitrust Violations

Woman swimming in pool

Lawsuit alleges FINA leverages its market dominance to extract—and largely keep for itself—enormous revenues from the labor of the world’s best swimmers

 SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESSWIRE)—A pair of top U.S. swimmers and a top Hungarian swimmer filed a class-action lawsuit today against Fédération Internationale de Natation (“FINA”), the international organization that controls access to the Olympic Games and World Championships, over its threats to ban swimmers from the Olympic Games if they compete in events that FINA does not pre-approve. [Read more…]

Settlement Reached in Antitrust Suit Against Atrium Health (fka Carolinas HealthCare)

hospital health care

The Department of Justice and the state of North Carolina have reached a settlement agreement with Atrium Health, formerly known as Carolinas HealthCare System, in a federal lawsuit alleging the hospital giant violated antitrust laws and drove up patient healthcare costs

As reported by The Charlotte Observer, the 2016 lawsuit against Atrium Health, a billion dollar hospital chain and North Carolina’s largest health care provider, alleged that the company illegally reduced competition in the local healthcare market and set consumer prices so high that many patients were left struggling with bills they could not pay. While Atrium consistently raised costs for consumers, their top execs were receiving millions of dollars.   [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Partner Dean Harvey Discusses the Expansion of Antitrust Law to the Employment Setting

Dean Harvey on Antitrust and Employment Cases

Workers are recovering millions after challenging illegal anticompetitive “no-poach” agreements between companies that restrict employee mobility and depress salaries. Dean Harvey, plaintiff attorney and partner at Lieff Cabraser, provides detail on the successful 2015 “High Tech” Employees class action suit against Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, and industry giants that resulted in a settlement valued at $435 million, the largest resolution in history of antitrust claims in the employment setting, on either an aggregate or per-class-member basis. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Defeat Motion to Dismiss in Restasis Antitrust Litigation Against Allergan

Eye Drops

As reported in Law360 (subscription), plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation against pharmaceutical manufacturer Allergan have successfully defeated a motion to dismiss the case alleging antitrust violations with respect to the sale and marketing of dry-eye drug Restasis. The Court’s ruling favored a group of pharmaceutical purchasers and union benefit plans accusing Allergan of misconduct intended to limit competition from generic drugs. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Named Co-Lead Counsel in Knorr-Wabtec “No-Poach” Employee Antitrust MDL

Freight train with cargo containers

U.S. District Court Judge Joy Flowers Conti of the Western District of Pennsylvania has appointed Lieff Cabraser to act as Co-Lead Counsel for plaintiffs alongside Philadelphia law firm Fine, Kaplan and Black in the aggregate “no-poach” employee antitrust litigation against rail equipment companies Knorr-Bremse and Wabtac Railway Electronics. Four groups competed for selection as lead counsel for the plaintiffs, with Lieff Cabraser standing out because of our prior experience and success in no-poach cases, including our firm’s proven ability to combine employment and antitrust lawyers to bring a unique concentration of legal acumen and multidimensional approaches to the case. [Read more…]

Knorr Wabtec Faces Wave of Class Action No-Poach Antitrust Employment Lawsuits

Freight train with cargo containers

As reported by Bloomberg Law, rail equipment companies Knorr-Bremse and Wabtec Railway Electronics are fighting a new rush of class action antitrust lawsuits in the employment realm after having settled allegations from the U.S. Department of Justice that they agreed not to hire each other’s employees in violation of the law. The lawsuits, which seek monetary damages as well as the cessation of any illegal practices, were originally filed in multiple districts and then consolidated into a single multidistrict case. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey to Speak on Anticompetitive Practices in the Labor Market at Harvard Law School

Dean Harvey to Speak on Anticompetitive Practices in the Labor Market at Harvard Law School

Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey will be featured as a distinguished speaker at the “Unrigging the Market: Convening to Restore Competitive Labor Markets” program, taking place at Harvard Law School on June 13, 2018 from 8:30am-4:30pm ET. He will be participating in the panel titled “Anticompetitive Practices in the Labor Market.” [Read more…]

Dean Harvey to Speak at 19th Annual American Antitrust Institute Conference, “Antitrust at a Crossroads”

Dean Harvey to Speak at 19th Annual American Antitrust Institute Conference

On June 21, 2018, Lieff Cabraser partner Dean M. Harvey will participate as a panelist at the 19th annual American Antitrust Institute conference, “Antitrust at a Crossroads – Plotting the Course for the Next Decade” at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Dean will speak on “Antitrust and Workers — Agreements, Mergers, and Monopsony,” exploring applications of the antitrust laws to prohibit the exercise of buyer power that harms competition and suppresses wages and salaries. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Elliot Morgan Parsonage Announce Class Certification in Duke/UNC “No-Hire” Agreement Lawsuit

Duke 'No-Hire' Case

February 1, 2018, GREENSBORO–(BUSINESSWIRE)–The law firms of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and Elliot Morgan Parsonage, P.A., announce that U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles has certified a faculty class in an antitrust class action lawsuit against Duke University and Duke University Health System over an alleged agreement between Duke and the University of North Carolina not to hire each other’s medical faculty.

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