Apple, Google Can't Dodge Anti-Poaching Conspiracy Suit

By Bill Donahue (April 19, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss allegations that the late Steve Jobs had orchestrated a series of uncompetitive agreements between Apple Inc., Google Inc., Pixar Animation Studios Inc. and other tech and entertainment companies to not poach each other's engineers.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh flatly rejected the tech giants' argument that the proposed class action should be tossed because the engineers had failed to show that six bilateral agreements represented an "overarching conspiracy."

Five computer engineers claim that a 2010 U.S. Department of Justice investigation revealed that Apple and Pixar Animation Studios Inc., both controlled by Jobs,...

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