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Judge orders Apple CEO Tim Cook's deposition on antitrust claims

Schmidt and Otellini also lined up
Fri Jan 18 2013, 13:16
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APPLE CEO Tim Cook has been ordered to give a deposition in an antitrust lawsuit that alleges Apple, Google, Intel and others conspired not to hire each others' employees.

Apple, Google, Intel, Pixar and a number of other high profile firms have been accused by employees of colluding not to hire each others' employees. US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has ordered Apple CEO Tim Cook to give a deposition, ruling that his former role of COO during Steve Jobs' tenure as CEO of Apple meant that he should have been privy to the details of any agreement that might have been in place.

Judge Koh found it "hard to believe" that Cook would not have been consulted on any part of such agreements while he was COO of Apple. She also lamented that executives from the other firms were not deposed before a hearing yesterday on whether the lawsuit should be certified as a class action.

Cook wasn't the only high profile CEO ordered to give a deposition, with former Google CEO and current chairman Eric Schmidt also lined up for a deposition as is Intel CEO Paul Otellini.

Robert Mittelstaedt, a lawyer representing the defendants told Judge Koh that the employees' lawyers did not demonstrate that any harm had befallen their clients due to a lack of cold calls from recruiters for the firms named in the lawsuit.

Mittelstaedt said, "You can't assume that if someone got a raise from a cold call [that it would] ripple to everybody else. [...] Why would a company give a raise to someone in a negotiation if it knew it had to turn around and give a raise to everyone else?"

Previously the US Department of Justice had said that the companies maintained "do-not-call" lists and anti-hiring agreements that restrained competition. µ

 

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