Apple, Google appeal Judge Lucy Koh’s settlement rejection in no-poach lawsuit

“Defendants in the ongoing Silicon Valley anti-poaching case, including Apple, requested the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to step in regarding California District Court Judge Koh’s recent decision to refuse a settlement offer worth $324.5 million,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider. “The filing was harsh in its assessment of Judge Koh, saying she ‘committed clear legal error’ and ‘impermissibly substituted the court’s assessment of the value of the case for that of the parties who have been litigating the case for more than three years.'”

“In August, the jurist denied a proposed settlement on the grounds that the amount was too low. At the time, Judge Koh said defendants should ‘pay their fair share’ for suppressing wages through alleged non-compete hiring clauses, supposedly agreed upon through unofficial email correspondence,” Campbell reports. “Attorneys representing the Silicon Valley class pushed Judge Koh to agree to the terms, noting employees may not get anything if and when the trial moves to appeal. As such, Thursday’s filing said Judge Koh ‘dismissed the parties’ analysis of the trial risks, suggesting that, unless the settlement was larger, the court had — in its own words — ‘wasted years on this case.””

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Wait, there were “wasted years” in a courtroom presided over by Judge Lucy Koh?

Say it ain’t so.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

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  1. “Pay their fair share?” Now where, and from whom, have I heard that sort of bullshit before?

    Judge Lucy H. Koh is an Obama nominee. She’s an idiot who knows nothing, but thinks she knows everything, just like the fool who nominated her.

  2. For having such a giant basketball-sized head, this stupid oriental bitch really does not have much going on up there.

    Earthworms are smarter.

    An obama appointee. No wonder.

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