Apple agrees to settle Staff Poaching Case with A123
This February, a lawsuit was filed against technology major Apple in the Massachusetts federal court. It was claimed that Apple tried poaching staff from A123 in mid-2014 in order to expand its battery unit.
Apple refused to accept the claims when the lawsuit was filed, but now the company has agreed to settle the case. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in the court papers.
A123 is a firm that makes batteries for electric cars and is based in Waltham, Massachusetts. It is being said that both the companies are working out on the final details. Around June 2014, A123 claimed that Apple started attracting its engineers who were looking after the company’s most important projects. But at that time, Apple refused to accept the claims.
In March, Apple made an effort to close the case by affirming that the case is solely based on labels and conclusions that is completely incorrect. The Wall Street Journal reported that discussions with regard to the case have been taking place since late March.
Apple has repeatedly asked to move the case closer to its California base. Currently, A123 is in bankrupt situation and is in the process of selling off its assets since 2012. Though A123 has said that they have reached at a rough settlement, but both the companies have refused to comment with regard to the lawsuit.
It is considered that not revealing details of the case might be the part of the agreed code of conduct for a settlement. There are also chances that the details of the case never get publicized given the fact that Apple has history of maintaining secrecy around its projects and legal disputes.
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