Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th May 2011 21:50 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Legal Ding ding ding ding - I think we have a record here. Launched yesterday, Google Wallet has already attracted a lawsuit. While patent lawsuits are teh shizzle these days, this lawsuit is a little different, so sadly I can't trot out my usual 'software patents bad' lines (aww). PayPal has sued Google over its Wallet service, claiming that one key former PayPal executive who accepted a job at Google took trade secrets with him.
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Which in some cases is effectively a restriction on a persons ability to seek alternative work in a related position or area where they have the most expertise.

Not really. It's more an issue of, if I am chemist at Coca-Cola, I can leave and go work for Pepsi. But I can't share Coca-Cola's secret formula with Pepsi.

Why did you leap to that conclusion? All Google have done is to hire someone who used to work at another large company based in and around the Valley.

Not "used to work". They actively did work for PayPal while Google was trying to lure them away, at the same time that Google was actively trying to set up a partnership with PayPal. In addition, at least one of them actively worked for PayPal and Google at the same time according to the article. That's clearly a conflict of interest given that Google was planning a competing product. That one's not really even up for discussion.

Why would Google even bother to set up a "fake deal" in the first place?

Not saying they set up a "fake deal". Only that actively working on a deal with a partner while at the same time, courting their top talent to come work for you, and then after you have managed to recruit their top talent, you back out of the deal and announce you are creating a competing product is shady at best. And possibly illegal. It's likely there were at least some contractual breaches here regarding conflict of interest on Google's part.

Edited 2011-05-28 14:51 UTC

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