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Emails From Apple, Others Show Poaching Pacts: Workers

Posted: January 20, 2012
Source: Law360
Practice Areas: Antitrust, Employment Law

A class of employees suing technology and media giants including Apple Inc. and Google Inc. in California over alleged agreements not to recruit each other's employees said Thursday that evidence the companies provided to federal antitrust regulators indicates the defendants made illegal deals.

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The plaintiffs, employees seeking compensation allegedly lost because the companies weren't competing to woo talent, convinced the California federal judge overseeing the case in October to order the defendants to hand over the materials.

What those documents show, according to the plaintiffs' side of a redacted joint case management statement filed Thursday, is that top executives like former Apple CEO Steve Jobs agreed with rivals not to compete for employees.

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