High Tech Employees Class Action Lawsuit

Result: $435 million settlement
Year: 2015

In re High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation, No. 11 CV 2509 (N.D. Cal.).

Lieff Cabraser served as Co-Lead Class Counsel in a consolidated class action charging that Adobe Systems Inc., Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corporation, Intuit Inc., Lucasfilm Ltd., and Pixar violated antitrust laws by conspiring to suppress the pay of technical, creative, and other salaried employees.

Lieff Cabraser’s Labor Antitrust practice group leads the nation in representing workers asserting antitrust and competition claims against employers — salary suppression, mobility reduction, etc. It is the first practice group of its kind, bringing together the expertise of both antitrust and employment lawyers to ensure that workers receive the benefit of free competition for their labor.

The complaint alleged that the conspiracy among defendants restricted recruiting of each other’s employees. On October 24, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy H. Koh certified a class of approximately 64,000 persons who worked in Defendants’ technical, creative, and/or research and development jobs from 2005-2009.

On September 2, 2015, the Court approved a $415 million settlement with Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe. Earlier, on May 15, 2014, the Court approved partial settlements totaling $20 million resolving claims against Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar.

The Daily Journal described the case as the “most significant antitrust employment case in recent history,” adding that it “has been widely recognized as a legal and public policy breakthrough.”

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