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April 25, 2014

Google, Apple settle class-action suit that could have cost them $9B

  • Internal emails showed Google, Apple and other major tech employers agreed not to recruit each other's workers to help protect their own interests.
    AP Technology Writer

    SAN FRANCISCO — Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.

    The agreement announced Thursday averts a Silicon Valley trial that threatened to expose the tactics deployed by billionaire executives such as late Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs and former Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt to corral less affluent employees working on a variety of products and online services. Had they lost, the companies also faced the prospect of paying as much as $9 billion.

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