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US: Judge rules UNC Med School non-poaching suit can be class-action

 |  February 5, 2018

According to The Stranger, on Thursday, February 1, a district court judge ruled that the antitrust lawsuit against Duke for an alleged no-hire agreement can be expanded into a class-action suit.

The lawsuit can now cover a total of 5,500 doctors at the Duke University School of Medicine or the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, the Associated Press reported. By becoming a class-action suit, US District Judge Catherine Eagles ruled that all faculty members with an academic appointment at any point from 2012 to the present at either school are represented, and may receive compensation for damages depending on the outcome of the case.

The court appointed Seaman as class representative and the law firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein, LLP and Elliot Morgan Parsonage, P.A. as class counsel, to prosecute the case.

The lawsuit began in May 2015 when Danielle Seaman, then-assistant professor of radiology, sued Duke, saying that she had lost a job opportunity due to a no-hire agreement between the University and UNC that she said violated federal antitrust laws.

Full Content: The Stranger

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