Final Approval Granted to $54.5m Duke/UNC “No Poach” Antitrust Case Settlement

$54.5 Million Settlement in Duke/UNC "No Poach" Employee Anticompetition Lawsuit

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles granted final approval to the proposed settlement of the Duke/UNC “No Poach” case valued at $54.5 million.

The settlement includes an unprecedented role for the United States Department of Justice to monitor and enforce extensive injunctive relief. 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.” Please visit for more information. [Read more…]

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

$54.5 Million Settlement 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…]

Dean Harvey in the Durham News Observer on the Duke/UNC No-Hire Lawsuit

Duke/UNC No-Hire Agreement Lawsuit

Lieff Cabraser represents Duke University School of Medicine instructor Danielle M. Seaman, M.D., in a class action lawsuit against Duke, UNC Med School, and other entities charging that the defendants entered into an express, secret agreement not to hire certain medical facility faculty and staff that they each employed, reducing or eliminating competition for skilled medical labor. The parties recently announced a preliminary settlement with UNC Med School, leaving the action to continue with respect to Duke University School of Medicine. [Read more…]