View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
January 18, 2013

US Judge orders Apple CEO to appear for questioning in anti-poaching lawsuit

Other firms in the lawsuit include Google, Intel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, Intuit, and Adobe Systems.

By CBR Staff Writer

A US Judge has ordered Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, to appear before the court for questioning about an anti-poaching agreement with other web firms like Google, Intel and other tech companies.

The lawsuit was filed by five ex-employees of the firms who are suing the them under the federal Sherman antitrust law and California’s own antitrust law, the Cartwright Act.

The lawsuit alleges that the companies illegally agreed not to hire each other’s employees, by reportedly engaging in a ‘no poaching’ deal.

Other defendants in the lawsuit include Lucasfilm, Pixar, Intuit, and Adobe Systems.

Judge Koh ordered Cook to be questioned by plaintiff attorneys for four hours along with Intel chief executive, Paul Otellin. Other executives from several other tech firms.

Apart from Cook, Google executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, is expected to be questioned on 20 February this year.

According to Reuters, Koh said that at the time the no-poaching agreements were forged, top executives felt a collective approach toward hiring was more efficient than dealing with employees individually.

Content from our partners
Powering AI’s potential: turning promise into reality
Unlocking growth through hybrid cloud: 5 key takeaways
How businesses can safeguard themselves on the cyber frontline

"That, I think, is the biggest problem for the defendants," said Koh, who did not identify the executives.

Koh refused attempts by the companies’ to dismiss the case before it went to trial.

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.