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Silicon Valley poaching case leads to $4,000 payouts following lawsuit

Silicon Valley employees will likely receive $4,000 in a poaching lawsuit that has dragged on for years in the federal court system.

Published Sat, May 24 2014 2:48 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The $324.5 million payment that Apple, Adobe, Intel and Google agreed to pay will lead to $4,000 payouts to the workers, depending on their work salaries during the four-year lawsuit. A June 19 hearing in San Jose could lead to the deal being approved by a federal judge, though there already is resistance to the expected settlement.

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Top executives from Silicon Valley technology companies created "no-poaching" pacts so employees that argued they were unable to seek higher salaries elsewhere. Intuit paid $11 million and Pixar and Lucasfilm, which are both owned by Disney, paid the remaining $9 million - and that payment has already received approval from U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh.

Poaching talented rivals from one another is not uncommon in Silicon Valley, and salaries are increasing in value for workers, as job recruitment continues to be intense among tech and biotech companies.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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