As reported by Law360 (subscription), an Illinois federal judge has denied McDonald’s attempt to dismiss the lawsuit alleging the fast food giant illegally limits employee pay and mobility between its franchises in violation of U.S. antitrust laws. The lawsuit advances claims that McDonald’s practices violated the antitrust laws relating to employment, artificially depressing workers’ wages and restricting their ability to move to other stores within the McDonald’s system, limiting career mobility and advancement. [Read more…]
At its annual Antitrust Enforcement Awards dinner in Washington, D.C., the American Antitrust Institute formally presented its selection of leading legal practitioners and economists to be recognized as honorees for the 2019 Antitrust Enforcement Awards, a list that includes the Lieff Cabraser team that worked on the Duke/UNC case: Dean M. Harvey, Kelly M. Dermody, Brendan P. Glackin, Anne B. Shaver, and Yaman Salahi. [Read more…]
The American Antitrust Institute has announced its selection of leading legal practitioners and economists to be recognized as honorees for the 2019 Antitrust Enforcement Awards, a list that includes the Lieff Cabraser team that worked on the Duke/UNC case: Dean M. Harvey, Kelly M. Dermody, Brendan P. Glackin, Anne B. Shaver, and Yaman A. Salahi. The Honorees will be featured at a gala awards dinner on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at The Hamilton Live in Washington D.C. [Read more…]
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 dukeuncemployeesettlement.com for more information. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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…]