Google and Apple agree to pay $ 415 million to settle the issue of conspiracy




Approved four major technology companies, including two companies Apple and Google to pay $ 415 million to settle a lawsuit had been filed by employees accuse the companies of conspiring to avoid phishing staff between each other, according to the filing released Thursday court.

The workers in the field of technology have raised in 2011 a collective case against both Apple and Google, Intel, Adobe, alleging that these companies had conspired with each one of them not to raise their employees’ salaries to the rest of the staff does not prompt companies to raise their salaries are too.

The new settlement increase by 90.5 million dollars from the previous agreement was US judge last year has been rejected as being too low.

And plans for workers in those companies, last year, to claim through the court, which was held at the end of May / May last $ 3 billion in compensation for the damage, which is the amount which could be up to $ 9 billion under antitrust law.

The case is based primarily to e-mail messages were exchanged between the co-founder and late for Apple, Steve Jobs and former CEO at Google, Eric Schmidt and some executive and Silicon Valley companies, and they all agreed among themselves to avoid the exchange of engineers capably.

The recognized companies to enter the Convention on the Non-staff exchanges, but refuted allegations that talk about their conspiracy to limit the increase in employees’ salaries, as argued on the non-eligibility of employees to raise a collective issue.


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