9th Circ. Upholds Cert. In Worker Poaching Pact Antitrust Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (January 14, 2014, 10:03 PM EST) -- A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday rejected Apple Inc., Google Inc. and other major technology companies’ efforts to overturn a lower court’s class certification in a suit accusing the companies of violating antitrust laws by agreeing not to poach one another’s employees.

In a brief opinion, the court denied the defendants permission to appeal the district court’s class certification, but did not provide reasoning for their decision.

U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh certified the class in October, ruling the engineers' antitrust claims and damages could be...
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