When Silicon Valley’s technology giants enter the court room, it is usually to battle one of their rivals.
The Daily Telegraph reports that next month, Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe will be in the dock to face the same opponent.
A group of technology executives is suing the companies for alleged collusion to suppress their wages, after they signed a series of 'no-poach' pacts barring them from recruiting each other’s staff.
The companies, whose collective value tops $890bn, could be forced to pay handsomely to compensate them for the losses, but they are likely to be far more worried about the details the case will expose.
A trove of documents lodged with the court shine a potentially embarrassing light on the way the tech giants operate – especially Apple, whose former chief executives warned rivals that there would be repercussions if they did not sign up to pacts.
According to one email, sent by Google’s co-founder, Sergey Brin, to his staff, Apple’s then chief executive, the late Steve Jobs, phoned him personally to warn the web search company off recruiting Apple’s employees.
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