USD Law Professor Orly Lobel Quoted in Bloomberg Article Reporting on Ruling in Antitrust Hiring Claims Case

Don Weckstein Professor of Labor and Employment Law Orly Lobel

San Diego (August 9, 2014) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Professor Orly Lobel was quoted in a Bloomberg article reporting on a ruling in U.S. District Court involving the case against Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. claiming that they schemed to not recruit each other’s workers.

The four companies have to go back to the negotiating table, or face trial, after U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh rejected their $324.5 million settlement of claims that they schemed to not recruit each other’s workers.

Koh ruled that the amount proposed by the technology giants and lawyers for the employees wasn’t enough in light of the $9 billion at stake if the case went to a jury. Koh also said the settlement fund should be bigger in light of a $20 million accord reached earlier with three other companies sued by employees—Intuit Inc. and Walt Disney Co.’s animation studio Pixar and visual-effects specialist Lucasfilm Ltd.

Lobel, who specializes in labor and employment issues, agreed that the dollar amount proposed in the settlement is “problematic.”

“There is a significance in seeing this case through and having such leading companies internalize the illegality of these actions,” she said.

Read the full article online.

About Professor 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

Celebrating 60 years of alumni success, 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 900 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 81 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 23rd worldwide 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, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university


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