USD School of Law Professor Orly Lobel was Quoted in Bloomberg and Businesstimes Regarding the Disney Antitrust Settlement

San Francisco (February 1, 2017) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Professor Orly Lobel was quoted in Bloomberg as well as Businesstimes regarding Disney’s agreement to pay $100 million to settle its no-poaching class-action lawsuit.

According to both articles, the class action lawsuit alleged Disney "conspired to suppress wages through a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ to not recruit each other’s workers.”

Attorneys for Disney submitted a court filing on Tuesday for approval of the settlement. Lobel told both Bloomberg and Businesstimes she thinks Disney's settlement will win approval because it satisfies requirements the agreement is fair, reasonable and adequate.

“Given that this was the last holdout, there are already proxies of what should be the lump sum and it seems within the range," Lobel said. A $100 million settlement for one large company is proportional to the $415 million agreed to by several technology giants in the previous case, and the much smaller earlier settlements, she said.

Read the Bloomberg article here.

Read the Businesstimes article here.

About Professor Orly Lobel

An internationally acclaimed expert in the law and economics of human capital, Orly Lobel is the Don Weckstein Professor of Labor and Employment Law at the University of San Diego and founding faculty member of the Center for Intellectual Property and Markets. She teaches and writes in the areas of employment law, intellectual property law, regulatory and administrative law, torts, behavioral economics, health policy, consumer law and trade secrets. Her current research focuses on innovation policy and intellectual property. Lobel’s latest book is Talent Wants to be Free: Why We Should Learn to Love Leaks, Raids, and Free-Riding.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 24th nationally and 6th on the West Coast in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

Don Weckstein Professor of Labor and Employment Law Orly Lobel

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