Judge Forces Apple and others to Face Staff Poaching Lawsuit
According to Reuters
, Judge Lucy Koh (a district judge in San Jose, California), rejected a bid by seven total companies involved in the antitrust suit over an anti-poaching agreement. The companies in the suit include Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe Systems, Intuit, Walt Disney’s Pixar, and Lucasfilm.
The complaint alleges that the seven companies illegally conspired to not poach each others’ employees. Such an agreement violates the Sherman antitrust law and California’s Cartwright Act.
Koh wrote the following in a decision that was recently issued: "The fact that all six identical bilateral agreements were reached in secrecy among seven defendants in a span of two years suggests that these agreements resulted from collusion, and not from coincidence."
It was revealed that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs personally asked Google’s previous CEO, Eric Schmidt, to end worker poaching in a note sent in March of 2007. This caused the investigation in the first place which led to more and more information leading to where the case is now.
The case as of right now remains on track for a June 2013 trial so we’ll have to wait to see what results from the situation.