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Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.

Silicon Valley’s Dilemma

Silicon Valley’s dilemma is how much should we pay to protect the reputation of our patron saint?

The longer the anti-poaching case goes on, the more evidence comes out that Steve Jobs was the ring-leader in organising and implementing the anti-poaching conspiracy.

The redoubtable Judge Lucy Koh, in rejecting the proposed $324 million settlement, said that Jobs was: “a, if not the, central figure in the alleged conspiracy.”

There’s been the notorious smiley face on an email from Jobs responding to the news that Google had sacked someone who tried to recruit from Apple.

And there’s been another email from Jobs saying that a proposed hiring by Google of a group from Apple would result in war. “If you hire a single one of these people, that means war,” wrote Jobs.

Uglier evidence is expected to be revealed if the case goes to trial.

Which it now may do.

Judge Koh described the $324 million proposed settlement as failing to fall “within the range of reasonableness.”

It turns out that the plaintiffs’ lawyers were going to take 25% of the $324 million as their fee which would have left $4000 for each of the 64,000 plaintiffs.

Judge Koh says there is “ample evidence” that Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe engaged in “an overarching conspiracy” against their employees.

So now, Apple, Intel, Google and Adobe have to come out with a bigger proposed settlement or fight the case in court and expose themselves to potential damages of $9 billion and the shredding of St Steve’s posthumous reputation.

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9 Comments

  1. david manners
    August 12, 2014 14:43

    Yes Silverman and $81 million only buys you a bad lawyer who’ll settle for far less than even the Judge thinks is reasonable.

  2. Silverman
    August 12, 2014 14:39

    Is it such a complicated case that the lawyers need $81 million to bring it?

    Justice sure is expensive in the land of the free.

  3. david manners
    August 12, 2014 12:08

    Well these CEOs seem to have been reverential to Jobs and have probably all secretly wanted to ape him. So these revelations are, to the CEOs, like Caliban looking in the mirror and realising what an ugly horror he really is.

  4. Terry
    August 12, 2014 11:25

    What’s the secret? It’s been known what a nasty piece of work Jobs was since he ripped off his buddy Wozniac back in the 70s. It’s on Wikipedia, if silicon valley cared about reputations they could edit it.

  5. Silverman
    August 12, 2014 10:49

    Money will payoff whoever is bleating. that’s how the law works in the U$. Look at the banking fiasco – not one banker went to jail.

  6. david manners
    August 11, 2014 22:24

    I’m afraid you’re right, DontAgree, but there’s just a chance that Judge Koh, who is no respecter of the big tech companies, may feel that the truth should be made known.

  7. DontAgree
    August 11, 2014 21:46

    I am pretty sure that everybody is well aware that Silicon Valleys visionary leader was a class A a-hole. If there was any doubt the movie ‘Jobs’ left little to the imagination.

    And by the way from closeup and from plenty of hear say I can attest that other visionary leaders here have very similar tendencies. Let’s face it you can’t be called visionary if you do things like everybody else … and if you do things your own way, all the time and consistently ignoring the ‘experts’, or for that matter ‘the law’, then yes you are going to get a nasty reputation.

    So protection of reputation does not play a role here if you ask me. I think the bigger issue is that the more information gets out about what really happened, the more money is going to cost the guilty parties due to more lawsuits and higher payouts per lawsuit.

    I for one am quite curious about all the juicy details. I am sure the press would have a field day … which makes it all the more likely that a new settlement will be reached.

  8. david manners
    August 11, 2014 14:50

    Well my iPad Air has a lot of annoying minor faults which are not in my iPad 2 which, unlike iPad Air, was made while the sneaky manipulative bully was still alive. So maybe SMBs have their place, AnotherAnonymous

  9. AnotherAnonymous
    August 11, 2014 14:03

    Well, all the evidence is pointing towards Steve Jobs being a sneaky manipulative bullying criminal who broke the law on more than one occasion and build his company by illegally exploiting other people, so why let it not be known ? I would want a very public and messy trial showing what these companies did and take ‘m for everything they’ve got.

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