In a recent court filing, Apple informed a Massachusetts federal judge that the company is in discussions with A123 Systems in an attempt to settle a lawsuit regarding Apple poaching the battery maker’s key engineers out of court. The Cupertino California company revealed that the settlement talks were underway in a motion that requested an extension on the time to respond to A123’s accusations of employee poaching. The presiding Judge Douglas P. Woodlock ended up issuing an electronic order that granted the motion.

For those of you who didn’t know, in its complaint, A123 claims that Apple ended up poaching five executives that were attached to the firm’s System venture Technologies Division. The battery maker hasn’t revealed what advanced initiatives that its Venture Technologies arm was working on but did claim that each of the engineers’ projects have been shut down due to a lack of suitable replacements. These employees also reportedly left the company “under suspicious circumstances” last June.

Alongside the program lead and company CTO, Mujeeb Ijaz, defendants include former A123 employees Don Dafoe, Michael Erickson, Depeng Wang and Indrajeet Thorat, all of whom recently left the company’s advanced energy storage division for Apple. In regards to the lawsuit, Ijaz was a key target with plaintiffs asserting that he recruited one or more of his former colleagues after joining Apple, an action that would constitute a breach of contract.

We’ll have to see what happens in this case as well as Apple’s many other legal battles that it appears to be fighting in court.

Source: Reuters