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  • Class Representative in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit Wants Larger Piece of the Settlement

    The class representative in the anti-poaching lawsuit against Apple, Google and other Silicon Valley tech giants is currently seeking a larger-than-normal portion of the proposed $415 million payout for his work in securing more lucrative settlement terms. The class representative in question is Michael Devine, a former Adobe systems engineer who claims he played a pivotal role in securing the increased reward for fellow plaintiffs.

    Devine is asking for up to $160,000 for his role in the settlement. According to The Wall Street Journal, the sum is twice the amount being sought by the suit’s four other named plaintiffs. The class’ approximately 64,000 employees will end up receiving about $5,000 each. Devine had the following to say regarding the matter:

    I'm glad that I stood up for the class and that I was able to have such a substantial impact on the outcome. I took my responsibilities seriously and I showed that class representatives can make a real difference.
    For those of you who didn’t know, Devine was the lone voice of dissent in the prior $324.5 million settlement bid reached last April. He called the offer “grossly inadequate” in a letter of objection filed with the court. He made sure that he received the maximum public exposure by posting the document online before it was made available through proper court channels and participating in an interview with The New York Times. Judge Koh agreed with Devine and rejected the initial offer stating that Apple, Google Intel and Adobe should “pay their fare share” as compared to codefendants that settled earlier on in the lawsuit.

    Devine requests a larger reward to commensurate his service, citing the successful opposition that resulted in an approximately 28% premium over the original settlement terms and a heightened risk of not finding future employment because of it.

    As of right now, Judge Koh still has to approve the $415 million settlement, $81 million fo which is set to be allocated for attorneys’ fees.

    Source: The Wall Street Journal, Scribd via AppleInsider
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