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…]

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 and Lin Chan Featured at BASF Antitrust for HR Seminar

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Featured at BASF Antitrust for HR Seminar

Lieff Cabraser attorneys Lin Y. Chan and Dean M. Harvey spoke at the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Antitrust for HR: No-Poach and Wage Fixing Agreements seminar on January 16, 2018. Ms. Chan moderated the panel, and Mr. Harvey participated in the discussion. [Read more…]

Law360 Rising Star Profile: Lieff Cabraser’s Lin Chan

Law360 Rising Star Profile: Lieff Cabraser’s Lin Chan

Law360 has published an in-depth profile of Lieff Cabraser partner Lin Y. Chan, named a Law360 Rising Star for 2017 for Competition. The profile highlights Ms. Chan’s biggest case to date (illegal non-compete agreements over the blockbuster antibiotic Cipro), where she gets her motivation, how she became a competition and antitrust attorney, and the advice she would give to young attorneys striving to be successful in the law. [Read more…]

Noncompete Clauses Keep Workers Locked In

Noncompete Clauses Keep Workers Locked In

The use of noncompete clauses in employment contracts has grown enormously. Designed to prevent employees from leaving for a competitor, noncompete agreements also work to bind employees to one company, ultimately making it more difficult for them to get ahead. As noted by the New York Times, this reflects “a broad shift in which companies assert ownership over work experience as well as work,” and the paper further notes that employment lawyers see noncompete agreement usage “exploding.” [Read more…]

Carolinas HealthCare Anti-Competition Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed

Carolinas HealthCare Anti-Competition Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed

As reported by The Charlotte Observer, North Carolina Business Court Judge Michael Robinson has denied the Carolinas HealthCare System’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the hospital giant of driving up health care costs through illegal efforts to prevent competition. The lawsuit, filed by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel in September of 2016, accuses CHS of placing improper contract restrictions on insurers forbidding them from guiding customers to lower-cost competing hospitals. [Read more…]