Rick, there are some more suttle hiring agreements in the tech industry. Taiwanese tech companies in Silicon Valley have always refrained from hiring anyone from any other Chinese or Taiwanese firm without permission from them, nor any of their employees will dream to offer his/her services to another company without his/her boss blessing. And that is nothing compared with the code of honor in countries such as Japan.
I agree, tpfj. I don't know how they actually divid the money in such a class action suit, but this seems like so little. In contrast, for those big corporations involved in the suit, this was a mere champ change.
Are there any laws about fair employment practice in US which prevent this kind of anti poaching settlement between competitors? If this continue to happen and the companies mal-practicing this kind of settlement escapes this easily without government intervention, employees would continue to suffer.