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Tech worker asks judge to reject settlement in Silicon Valley hiring case

Zach Miners | May 14, 2014
One of the lead plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit that accused Google, Apple, Adobe and Intel of conspiring to suppress wages by not poaching each others' employees is firing back against a settlement reached last month.

Devine's objection may carry extra weight in Judge Koh's eyes, given that he is a lead representative for the class, he said.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs at the law firms of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and Joseph Saveri Law Firm either did not immediately respond to comment, or declined to comment on the record.

In a statement, an Adobe spokeswoman said, "We firmly believe that our recruiting policies have in no way diminished competition for talent in the marketplace. Adobe strongly denies that it violated any laws or engaged in any wrongdoing."

Intel and Google declined to comment; Apple could not immediately be reached.

The companies had been expected to settle, especially given damaging emails between Schmidt and Jobs that could have surfaced in court, potentially damaging the firms' reputations.

A hearing on the proposed settlement is scheduled for June 19. Devine's objection, and his cause, could be discussed during that hearing.

"The class wants a chance at real justice," he said.

 

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