“Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Corp and four other technology companies were ordered by a judge to face an antitrust lawsuit claiming they illegally conspired not to poach each other’s employees,” Jonathan Stempel reports for Reuters.
“District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, rejected the companies’ bid to dismiss claims brought under the federal Sherman antitrust law and California’s own antitrust law, the Cartwright Act,” Stempel reports. “In a decision on Wednesday night, Koh said the existence of ‘Do Not Cold Call’ agreements among various defendants ‘supports the plausible inference that the agreements were negotiated, reached, and policed at the highest levels’ of the companies.”
Stempel reports, “Other defendants in the case included Adobe Systems Inc, Intuit Inc, Walt Disney Co’s Pixar unit and Lucasfilm Ltd… The proposed class-action lawsuit was brought by five software engineers who accused the companies of conspiring to limit pay and job mobility by eliminating competition for labor, costing workers hundreds of millions of dollars. Their claims are similar to those raised in 2010 by the Department of Justice when it settled antitrust probes against the companies.”
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