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Anti-poaching class action against Google and Apple settled

Posted on: September 8th, 2015 by Steve Larson

Circuit5A California federal judge approved a $415 million class action settlement between software engineers and Apple, Inc., Google, Inc. and others resolving claims they illegally agreed not to poach each other’s engineers.  U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh ruled that the deal, which added an additional $90 million onto a $325 million settlement she rejected in August 2014, fairly reflected the strength of the software developers’ claims that Google, Apple, Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. suppressed wages and violated antitrust laws by agreeing not to hire each other’s engineering talent. Read more…

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Silicon Valley wage suppression class action close to settlement

Posted on: February 6th, 2015 by Steve Larson

googleGoogle, Apple, Intel and Adobe have now offered $415 million to settle accusations that they had conspired against their own employees, according to the New York Times.   This settlement proposal has increased from an earlier offer of $324.5 million, an amount that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh rejected last August, when she agreed with plaintiff and former Adobe engineer Michael Devine. He protested the amount, arguing that it wasn’t enough money given the wealth of the companies and the scale of their collusion.  The collusion refers to agreements the companies reached not to poach each other’s employees.

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Judge sets trial date for wage suppression class action against Silicon Valley companies

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by Steve Larson

intelJudge Koh, the California federal judge overseeing the antitrust class action claiming Google Inc., Apple Inc., Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. illegally agreed not to poach each other’s engineers set April 9, 2015, as the trial start date.  As we posted earlier on this blog, the Judge had earlier rejected a proposed $324.5 million settlement. Read more…

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Intel, Apple, and Google appeal Judge Koh’s rejection of their settlement

Posted on: September 12th, 2014 by Steve Larson

apple-logo-pomme-griseWe previously blogged about how Federal District Judge Koh ordered four leading tech companies to come up with more money to settle a class-action lawsuit that accuses them of conspiring against their own employees. On September 4, 2014, the companies appealed that ruling to the Ninth Circuit saying the judge was “untethered to — and actually at odds with” the sober realities of the case. They are demanding that the higher court reverse the decision. Read more…

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Court rejects proposed settlement of Intel, Google, and Apple wage fixing conspiracy

Posted on: September 11th, 2014 by Steve Larson

apple-logo-pomme-griseU.S. District Judge Lucy Koh rejected as too low a $324.5 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Intel, Google and Apple conspired with several other technology companies to block their top workers from getting better job offers. Judge Koh concluded the more than 60,000 high-tech workers represented in the 3-year-old lawsuit deserved to be paid more money, based on the evidence indicating their earning power was undermined by the collusion among their employers. Read more…

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Employee class action certified against Apple

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by Steve Larson

apple-logo-pomme-griseA lawsuit against Apple filed by former employees was certified as a class action.  A group of corporate and retail store employees allege in the lawsuit they were not given timely lunch and rest breaks and didn’t receive timely final paychecks under California’s labor and wage rules. It is believed that there may be as many as  20,000 current and former Apple workers included in the class.

The lawsuit is seeking damages, attorney fees and costs, and lost wages. Read more…

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