• Anti-Poaching Lawsuit against Tech Giants to Proceed After Court Refuses Appeal



    Apple, Google, Intel and other tech giants will be facing a class action lawsuit over alleged anti-poaching measures after an appellate court refused to hear an appeal of a 2013 class certification order. The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals handed down its ruling recently, denying a petition from defendants for permission to appeal a district court order that granted over 64,000 workers class certification according to Reuters.

    As a group, the plaintiffs are accusing Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel and others of an “overarching conspiracy” to keep employee pay down through anti-poaching agreements. Co-lead counsel for the class, Kelly Dermody said the following about the matter:

    We look forward to seeking justice for the class at trial.
    In April of 2013, District Court Judge Koh denied class status to the plaintiffs, noting workers didn’t show adequate show harm from the alleged illegal recruitment methods. The jurist reversed her initial decision in October after the presentation of information gathered as part of normal pretrial proceedings.

    The court filings pointed out that defendants allegedly implemented a variety of anti-poaching methods, including “do not call” lists, personal emails and other correspondence. Named in the allegations is late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, who in 2007 sent an email to the then-Google chief Eric Schmidt, asking him to stop poaching Apple employees. Schmidt acquiesced to the request at the time.

    In their petition to appeal, defendants in the case argued that worker background was too diverse to be considered cohesive. Based on what the court documents reveal, employees held over 2,400 job titles ranging from software and hardware engineers to animators and digital artists. Dermody said Apple and its codefendants will meet again in court when the trial begins on May 27.

    We’ll have to wait and see what happens next.

    Source: Reuters
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