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$324.5 Million Settlement Rejected By California Judge

$324.5 Million Settlement Rejected By California Judge

Some 4 California companies including Apple and Google have failed to convince a US judge to sign off on a $324.5 million settlement to resolve a lawsuit by tech workers.


In a ruling on Friday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, said the class action settlement was too low, given the strength of the case against the companies. Intel and Adobe were also part of the proposed deal.

In their 2011 lawsuit, the tech employees said the conspiracy had limited their job mobility and, as a result, kept a lid on salaries. The case has been closely watched because of the possibility of big damages being awarded and for the opportunity to peek into the world of some of America’s elite tech firms.

The case was based largely on emails in which Apple’s Jobs, former Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt and some of their rivals hatched plans to avoid poaching each other’s prized engineers.

Lawyers for the workers, along with an Adobe representative, were not immediately available to comment.


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