Judge weighing options in radiologist’s lawsuit against Duke, UNC

Progress is being made in a radiologist’s lawsuit filed against Duke University and the University of North Carolina, which alleges the schools have a secret agreement not to hire professors away from one another.

Arguments are expected to be heard in the case this week, according to reporting from the Associated Press (AP). In addition, the judge is considering a proposed settlement between the universities and Seaman’s legal team. The AP pointed out that Seaman’s lawyers have “experience securing major antitrust settlements from powerful companies.”

News first broke about the lawsuit, filed by Danielle Seaman, MD, a former radiologist at Duke University Health System, back in 2015. According to the lawsuit, this pact between the schools would be a direct violation of antitrust laws. Both universities say no such agreement exists.

In June 2015, Tom Greeson, a healthcare lawyer and partner with the firm of Reed Smith, told Radiology Business he had no opinion on this particular litigation, but the case could provide potential challenges for both Seaman’s lawyers and the defense team. Read more of his thoughts here.