21 May 2019
A class comprised of faculty at Duke University and the University of North Carolina had alleged that the legendary basketball rivalry between the two schools didn’t carry over to competition for medical staff. But unlike the athletes on the court, the class is getting paid. While UNC settled the “no-poach” allegations in 2017, Duke has now agreed to pay the plaintiffs $54.5 million to end four years of litigation. According to US Department of Education estimates, that amounts to about 18 months of team revenue for the men’s basketball programme.