[Judge] Koh didn’t take concern with the allegations about the agreements amongst individual firms, Joseph Saveri, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said in an interview right after the hearing. Rather, Koh has questions about “how it ties together,” or claims of an more than-arching conspiracy amongst all the organizations, he said.
The case goes back much more than 5 years, according to the lawsuit, which alleges that “no solicitation” agreements appeared in 2005 among Apple, Adobe, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar. The agreements prevented companies from contacting employees at other organizations who had been party to the agreement, though staff were totally free to apply for jobs at other institutions.
The agreements were investigated in 2010 by the Justice Department. The claims had been sooner or later settled, with the firms agreeing not to form no-solicitation agreements for 5 years.
The present lawsuit is a class-action civil suit brought by employees who mentioned they had been harmed by the anti-competitive actions of the defendant businesses.