Judge Koh Signs Off On $415M Apple, Google Anti-Poach Deal

Law360, San Diego (March 4, 2015, 2:01 PM EST) -- U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh on Tuesday formally signed off on a $415 million settlement in the antitrust class action accusing Apple Inc., Google Inc. and others of illegally agreeing not to poach each others' engineers, calling the revised settlement proposal a "substantial" payout.

Judge Koh's order granting preliminary approval to the settlement, which is $90 million more than an initial $325 million offer she rejected in August, follows a hearing Monday in which she indicated she would approve the deal. A final approval hearing is scheduled for July 9, with an opt-out deadline of May 21.

The August ruling,...

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