The US District Court for the Northern District of California rejects the $324.5 million settlement in a class action following the DOJ civil lawsuit for a per se violation (High-tech wage collusion)

The Unusual Hi-Tech Hiring Collusion Case: Judge Rejects Proposed Settlement; DOJ Brought Civil “Per Se” Cases* Last Friday Judge Lucy H. Koh issued an unusual ruling in a somewhat unusual case. The ruling was unusual in that the court rejected a proposed settlement in the hi-tech wage collusion class action case. Judge Koh denied a request to preliminarily approve a $324.5 million deal to end the antitrust class action against Google Inc., Apple Inc., Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. The suit alleged the companies agreed to not compete for each others’ high-tech employees such as software engineers and computer scientists. The court found the proposed settlement too low and indicated it should be at least $55 million more. The civil case followed a similar suit by the Antitrust

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Robert E. Connolly, The US District Court for the Northern District of California rejects the $324.5 million settlement in a class action following the DOJ civil lawsuit for a per se violation (High-tech wage collusion), 8 August 2014, e-Competitions August 2014, Art. N° 68644

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