Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 11:37 UTC
Legal Back in 2010, Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, and a few others settled with the US Department of Justice regarding their anti-poaching agreements concerning employees. While the CEOs did a good job of escaping possible prosecution, the affected employees filed a class action lawsuit about this, and judge Lucy Koh has just unsealed a number of emails concerning this case. They paint a pretty grim picture of Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt engaging in mafia practices, threatening smaller companies with patent litigation if they didn't agree to the no-poaching agreements, or demanding to handle matters verbally as to not leave a paper trail.
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Couple of points:
by Nelson on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 19:42 UTC
Nelson
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I believe Google has done less wrong than Apple here, though they have all sinned. Jobs just got caught severely red handed being a bully.

There's no doubt in my mind that all companies employ heavy handed tactics, but nonetheless, it is not an excuse for this behavior.

Jobs using patent litigation as a club to beat Palm with is reprehensible and disgusting. It is one thing to protect your IP, it is another thing to threaten to drown someone in litigation until it is economically unfeasible to fight on.

Is there anything intrinsically wrong with poaching? To me, it encourages competitive wages and places upward pressure on wages for talent.

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