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Duke University and UNC No-Poach Faculty Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

Duke University is paying $19 million to settle a faculty class action alleging that Duke and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill agreed not to hire, recruit, or poach each other’s faculty members, thus violating state and federal antitrust laws.

Docket Number:

1:20-cv-470

Company: Duke University

Filing Deadline: January 1, 2100

Class Period: October 1, 2001 to February 5, 2018

Objection Deadline: July 28, 2021

Exclusion Deadline: July 28, 2021

Final Approval Hearing: August 25, 2021

Proof of Purchase:

No proof or claim form is required. Presumably university records will be used to determine class members. If you need to update your address with Duke or UNC, contact the Settlement Administrator.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if you are a natural person employed as a faculty members by Duke University or the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, between October 1, 2001 and February 5, 2018.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Your share of the net settlement amount will depend on how much compensation you received from Duke or UNC as compared to the other class members, with the idea that those who worked in their position longer or earned more were harmed more, proportionally, than those who worked for a shorter period or earned less. Estimated at around $2,341.19 for regular-rank faculty and $152.54 for other faculty positions, such as adjuncts or visiting faculty, although each amount will be calculated individually.

Total Settlement Amount: $19 million

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$65,000

Law Firms:
Edelstein & Payne
Elliot Morgan Parsonage PA
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Case Name: Binotti v. Duke University, et al.

Settlement Website: Duke University No-Poach Faculty Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Rust Consulting, Inc.

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Duke-UNC Settlement Administrator
C/O Rust Consulting, Inc. — 7304
P.O. Box 54
Minneapolis, MN 55440-0054

Tags: Antitrust, No-Poach Agreements