Not Again! Apple Named in Another Antitrust Lawsuit
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE), and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) are facing a class action brought by thousands of employees over an alleged anti-poaching conspiracy, reports Bloomberg. According to the lawsuit, Apple and the other defendants conspired to not poach employees from each other’s companies, thereby limiting the employees’ job options and salary potential. If proven, this would be a violation of federal antitrust laws.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh denied the original request for class certification in April because she believed that the plaintiffs had not sufficiently demonstrated that their lawsuits had enough in common to allow them to sue together. However, additional evidence introduced since then has convinced Judge Koh that many employees were likely affected by the same anticompetitive behavior.
Apple and the other accused companies tried to argue against class-action certification at a hearing on August 8. “They need to show that the wage structures were so rigid that they would’ve affected all or nearly all of the class,” said Robert Van Nest, a lawyer for the defendants. “They have absolutely failed to do that.”