Judge shoots down settlement in Apple, Google hiring collusion case

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US District Judge Lucy H. Koh rejected a proposed settlement in a case involving Apple and Google in which they were accused of secretly agreeing not to hire each others' employees.

The $324.5 million deal was part of a case that originally involved several of Silicon Valley's biggest companies. The settlement was reached in a case that had already proved deeply embarrassing to the tech companies involved.

Intel and Adobe Systems were also named in the lawsuit brought by former employees of the companies. To thwart even more disclosures, the companies announced a settlement to avoid a trial in the spring of 2014. Judge Koh said the payment was too low.


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