A whiff of settlement in Silicon Valley anti-poaching case

“Plaintiffs in the class-action suit claim that top executives of Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe agreed not to hire each other’s employees, which lowered wages across the valley. The class-action suit potentially includes 64,000 technical employees,” Jeff Elder reports for The Wall Street Journal. “The companies say there was no conspiracy to reduce recruitment among the companies, and that salaries grew during the time period involved.”

“‘The mediation is making progress,’ said Robert Van Nest, an attorney representing Google,” Elder reports. “‘We have the right mediator,’ added Kelly Dermody, an attorney for the plaintiffs, referring to former federal judge Layn Phillips, who is in charge of the mediation.”

“It’s not clear how close the sides may be to settling the case,” Elder reports. “After the hearing, attorneys said they continued to prepare for a May 27 trial, and had no timetable for a settlement.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. More of the Koh Koh nuts. Gosh she can proceed on two cases at once. I never thought she was a two handed puppet. A proctologist’s and a gynecologist’s dream both at once.

    Could it be, maybe that she even responds to gag orders. Oh the finger puppeteers will be rejoicing.

    Hey ho hey ho, it’s fingers up that Koh….

    1. How is your childish critique of Judge Koh relevant on this story? I think she’s way off on the book price-fixing case, but it sounds like the companies in this anti-poaching case seriously broke the law and collaborated to keep wages down for tech workers. Blatantly illegal and morally reprehensible. If you believe in free markets, this kind of conspiracy to pay people less than the fair market value for their labor is terrible.

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