Judge rejects 7 tech companies' bid to dismiss poaching suit

Proposed antitrust class action against Apple, Google, Intel and others will go forward

People by the thousands are turning out in droves these days to pick up whatever Apple Inc. is selling. But this time, Northern District of California Judge Lucy Koh wasn’t buying it.

Apple, Adobe Systems, Google Inc., Intel Corp., Intuit Inc., Lucasfilm Ltd. and Walt Disney Co.’s Pixar unit last week were ordered by Judge Koh to face an antitrust lawsuit under the federal Sherman antitrust law and California’s antitrust legislation, the Cartwright Act. The lawsuit alleges that the companies conspired not to poach each other’s employees.

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