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- Dec 30, 2010
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- Austin, TX
For the last few years, our news team here at DF has mostly focused on the lawsuits between Apple and the various Android OEMs. Sometimes we would also include a smattering of legal tussles between Microsoft and Android as well. Despite this, there has been another high-profile legal fight in the tech world which we mostly stayed away from. In the end it is finally being settled, so we thought we should at least share its final outcome.
Apple, Google and a few other tech companies in Silicon Valley were faced with a class action civil lawsuit (from roughly 64,000 workers) claiming the tech giants conspired to keep from poaching each others' employees. Apparently, there were communiques between the executives of these tech companies which amounted to an unofficial agreement not to offer incentives to steal away valuable engineering talent from each other.
To make a long story short, although the companies all argued they didn't intentionally do it to drive down wages, the evidence was compelling and there was definitely some minor collusion. In the long run, all of the companies agreed to settle the lawsuit for an amount totaling $300 Million dollars.
As an interesting sidenote - U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California was the judge presiding over the case.