A group of five former employees at large tech corporations, including Apple, Google and Intel, have filed a civil lawsuit in a U.S. district court in San Jose, California, alleging illegal practises that helped to eliminate competition for employees between the companies.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been ordered by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to provide deposition in the anti-trust case, which could turn into a class-action lawsuit. Apple attorneys argued that Cook played no role in this hiring debacle, as he was still COO under Steve Jobs at the time.
Koh fired back, claiming that it is “hard to believe a COO would have no say over salary and compensation for all employees.” Cook will now be forced to answer questions posed by plaintiff attorneys for four hours, alongside several other high-profile tech executives such as Intel chief executive Paul Otellini. Just another Silicon Valley legal hiccup.