Judge says concerned about Apple, Google hiring settlement
A US judge said she had concerns about approving a $324.5 million settlement involving Apple, Google and two other tech companies in a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to avoid poaching each other's workers.
Tech employees filed a class action lawsuit against Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe Systems in 2011.
The case has been closely watched due to the potentially high damages award and the opportunity to peek into the world of Silicon Valley's elite. The four companies agreed to settle with the plaintiffs in April for a total of $324.5 million. The plaintiffs had planned to ask for about $3 billion in damages at trial, which could have tripled to $9 billion under antitrust law.
US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California must approve the deal.
Judge says concerned about Apple, Google hiring settlement Should tech workers settle “no-poach” case for $324M? Judge has real doubts (ars technica)