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    Default Judge Grants Class-Certification in Apple, Google Anti-Poaching Lawsuit


    As reported by Bloomberg, Judge Lucy Koh handed down her decision in a suite regarding Apple, Google and two other tech companies illegally holding down wages by conspiring to not poach each other’s workers. She said the plaintiff’s pretrial information gathering made the case “much stronger.”

    In April, Judge Koh had denied class status to the group of over 64,000 workers, noting workers hadn’t shown adequate harm from the alleged anti-poaching agreement between the tech giants. According to the publication, the lawyer representing the group said there are up to 64,626 potential members in the class with backgrounds ranging from software and hardware engineers to animators and digital artists.

    Google said the following regarding Judge Koh’s ruling:

    We have always actively and aggressively recruited top talent.
    The company was the only defendant to the statement regarding the case which is being leveled against Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe.

    The court noted that defendants allegedly engaged in “overarching conspiracy” to eliminate competition for skilled labor through the implementation of anti-poaching methods such as “do not call” lists, emails and other correspondence. Named in the allegations is late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs who in 2007 sent a personal email to Eric Schmidt asking him to stop poaching Apple workers.

    Of the companies named in the initial complaint, three have settled. If Judge Koh signs off on their proposed settlements, Intuit will end up paying $11 million while Pixar and Lucasfilms will put in another combined $9 million over the antitrust claims. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next.

    Source: Bloomberg via AppleInsider

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    this is so dumb. employees are not property.

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