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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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…]