“A US judge on Friday offered a behind-the-scenes look at the force of will with which Steve Jobs once held sway over Silicon Valley, as she threw out a proposed settlement of a lawsuit against Apple and three other tech companies,” Richard Waters reports for The Financial Times. “‘There is compelling evidence that Steve Jobs… was a, if not the, central figure in the alleged conspiracy,’ Judge Lucy Koh wrote as she rejected a $324.5m settlement.”

“In all, seven tech companies have faced charges that they agreed not to poach each others’ workers, though three of them have already settled,” Waters reports. “According to Judge Koh, the series of secret pacts began when Mr Jobs reached a no-poaching deal for Pixar, the animation studio he controlled, with George Lucas, head of Lucasfilm. That became the model for agreements with other companies, with ‘fear of and deference to’ Mr Jobs a big reason for the willingness of others to join in the alleged conspiracy, the judge added.”

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