|Another antitrust action. More price fixing, wage fixing. Another day at the office at Apple... |
Notice how like the price fixing action, Steve Jobs personally orchstrated and ran the wage fixing conspiracy, too...
Apple, Google fail to dismiss poaching lawsuit
Customers enter the Apple flagship retail store to purchase the new iPad in San Francisco, California in this March 16, 2012 file photograph. Credit: Reuters/Robert Galbraith/Files
Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:34am EDT
(Reuters) - Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Corp and four other technology companies were ordered by a judge to face an antitrust lawsuit claiming they illegally agreed not to poach each other's employees.
District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, rejected the companies' bid to dismiss claims brought under the Sherman Act and California state law, in a decision released Wednesday night.
Other defendants in the case included Adobe Systems Inc, Intuit Inc, Walt Disney Co's Pixar unit and Lucasfilm Ltd.
The proposed class action lawsuit was brought by five software engineers, who accused the companies of conspiring to depress employee pay by eliminating competition for skilled labor.
The case is In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation, District Court, Northern District of California, No. 11-02509.
(Reporting By Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)