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US: Steve Jobs threatened Palm with patent case, wanted no employee-poaching deal

 |  January 23, 2013

Legal filings that were recently made public suggest that the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs threatened smartphone manufacturer Palm with a patent lawsuit if Palm did not agree to a contract stating the two companies could not lure each other’s employees to work for the other side. The statement quotes Palm’s ex-CEO Edward Colligan. The filings, made public last Tuesday, are part of a civil lawsuit against Apple, Google and other tech giants that argue the no employee-poaching deal drove down workers’ wages. Colligan reportedly called Jobs’ offer “wrong” and “likely illegal.” Judge Lacy Koh, residing over the case, is reportedly considering whether the lawsuit can proceed as a class action.


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