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Apple moves to dismiss lawsuit with battery manufacturer over employee poaching

According to a court filing today, Apple has moved to have an employee poaching lawsuit with battery manufacturer A123 Systems dismissed.

This comes just a week after it was reported that Apple was exploring a settlement with A123 after the battery manufacturer accused the tech giant of poaching several of its key engineers.

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Judge tentatively approves settlement in anti-poaching suit against Apple, others

The judge presiding over a class action suit levied against Apple and other tech giants over their anti-poaching agreements has tentatively approved a $415 million settlement that was proposed last month.

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Apple exploring settlement with battery manufacturer in employee poaching suit

According to a new court filing, Apple appears to be exploring a potential settlement with A123 Systems after the battery manufacturer filed suit against the tech giant for allegedly poaching its employees.

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Lawsuit claims Apple poached engineers from battery manufacturer A123 Systems

Apple is currently facing yet another lawsuit involving accusations of employee poaching. A recent filing from A123 Systems, a battery manufacturer, claims that Apple poached several engineers from the company for its new battery division, violating agreements set forth in their employment contracts in the process.

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Apple reaches settlement in class action suit over wage suppression [updated]

Update: Reuters has just reported that the final amount of the settlement is $415 million.

Original Story: Apple, along with several other tech companies, has reached a settlement deal today in a class action suit concerning anti-poaching policies that may have suppressed wages among tech workers in Silicon Valley.

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Steve Jobs threatened Palm with lawsuit over employee poaching

According to a court filing made public yesterday, Steve Jobs threatened Palm with a patent lawsuit in order to stop them from attempting to hire employees away from Apple. The communications between then-Palm CEO Edward Colligan and Jobs took place in 2007. The emails became public as part of a civil action brought against Apple, Google, Intel by five workers that alleged that these companies illegally conspired to end competition for one another’s employees. The threat from Jobs didn’t phase Colligan.

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Senior Apple product integrity director poached by Google for... secret project?

Sounds like Google has hired away Simon Prakash, formerly Apple's senior director of product integrity, to work on a "secret project" deep in the heart of the Googleplex. Reports VentureBeat:

Simon Prakash worked at Apple for more than eight years and was most recently the senior director of product integrity at Apple, according to his LinkedIn page. That means he was responsible for product quality across all of Apple’s products, from iPhones to Macs. Apple has the best reputation for product quality, according to consumer satisfaction surveys by J.D. Power.

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Microsoft Stores Staffing Up... With Apple Store Employees

Microsoft is beginning to staff up their upcoming retail store chain using freshly poached Apple Store managers and employees. Using "significant raises" and in some cases, moving expenses as the carrot, Apple Store managers are hunted and then asked to contact their (now former) top Apple Store salespeople and offer them similar incentives to switch from Mac to PC.

Employees, of course, are not the only thing Microsoft is taking from the Apple Store experienced. Having hired Apple's former retail location scout, George Blankenship, their plan is to open up right next door to Apple Stores everywhere.

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