Apple Poached Workers For New Battery Division, A123 Says

By Brandon Lowrey (February 17, 2015, 9:09 PM EST) -- Apple Inc. poached workers from battery manufacturer A123 Systems Inc. in order to develop its own "large scale battery division" that would compete with A123, despite employment agreements, according to a suit removed to Massachusetts federal court Tuesday.

Apple removed the suit on grounds that more than $75,000 is probably at stake and that there is diversity of citizenship because Apple and the employee defendants reside in California, while A123 has its principal places of business in Michigan and Massachusetts, according to court documents.

A123 filed suit Feb. 6 in Massachusetts Superior Court, alleging Apple hired away five employees who developed...

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