Judge Lucy Koh likely to approve Apple, Google poaching settlement

“A U.S. judge on Monday seemed satisfied with a proposed $415 million settlement that would end a lawsuit in which tech workers accused Apple Inc, Google Inc and two other Silicon Valley companies of conspiring to hold down salaries,” Dan Levine reports for Reuters.

“U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, had previously rejected an earlier $324 million deal as too low,” Levine reports. “During a hearing on Monday, Koh raised no objections about the size of the settlement as she had at an earlier court session.”

MacDailyNews Take: $91 million makes all the difference, we guess. Apple just made $92 million in the time it took you read this Take. 😉

Levine reports, “The case was based largely on emails in which Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, former Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt and some of their rivals detailed plans to avoid poaching each other’s prized engineers.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We’ll be happy to see this thing is the rear view mirror. While we understand the concerns of the CEOs and companies involved, the whole thing was unseemly. Let the job market bear what the job market will bear.

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Plaintiff blasts Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel settlement deal in Silicon Valley poaching case – May 12, 2014
Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe settle antitrust hiring case for $324 million – April 24, 2014
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A whiff of settlement in Silicon Valley anti-poaching case – March 28, 2014
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Judge Koh: 60,000 Silicon Valley workers may pursue collusion case against Apple, Google, others as group – January 14, 2014
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Judge Koh orders Apple CEO Tim Cook to four hours of questioning in anti-poaching case – January 17, 2013
Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, Pixar, and Lucasfilm fail to get staff-poaching antitrust lawsuit dismissed – April 19, 2012
Court filing: Steve Jobs told Google’s Schmidt to stop poaching workers – January 27, 2012
Did Apple CEO Steve Jobs ask Palm’s Colligan to collude? – August 20, 2009
Did Apple and Google make an anti-poaching deal? – August 9, 2009


  1. I am of the opinion that she makes this stuff up as she goes along. Keep in mind that this is the judge that thoroughly botched her informing the Apple vs Samsung jury about proper award judgements, causing the need for a retrial when the jury returned inadequate award judgements to Apple.

    I’ve considered her to be a sea hag in the past. Perhaps she’s just a flake.

  2. My question to Koh is: have you finished the apple / Samsung appeal yet? Seems like that has been going on forever and apple have yet to see a dime.

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