Judge Koh OKs $415M Google, Apple Anti-Poaching Deal

By Melissa Lipman (September 3, 2015, 9:04 AM EDT) -- U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh approved a $415 million class action settlement with Apple Inc., Google Inc. and others Wednesday resolving claims they illegally agreed not to poach each other's engineers, but gave the plaintiffs just half of the $81 million in attorneys' fees they had requested.

The California federal judge ruled that the deal, which tacked an additional $90 million onto a $325 million settlement she rejected in August 2014, fairly reflected the strength of the software developers' claims that Google, Apple, Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. suppressed wages and violated antitrust laws by agreeing not to hire...

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