The Middle District of North Carolina No-Poach Class Action: Duke Finally Settles* While Duke University and the University of North Carolina (“UNC”) may be fierce sporting rivals on “Tobacco Road,” their alleged agreement not to compete for medical school faculty demonstrates how easily competing employers can find themselves ensnared in an antitrust briar patch. In Seaman v. Duke University, a class of medical school faculty in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina alleged that Duke and UNC had violated the antitrust laws by agreeing not to permit lateral moves of faculty—a so-called “no-poach” agreement. Danielle Seaman, the representative plaintiff who served as an assistant professor of radiology at Duke, accused senior administrators and
The US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina alleges that 2 universities violated antitrust laws by agreeing not to permit lateral moves of faculty, pushing 1 university to settle the class action lawsuit (Seaman / Duke University)
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