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Submission + - Michael Devine's objection to settle with tech giants is heard by judge Koh (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California must still approve a settlement by the world's most profitable technology companies who have colluded to force down wages of their common workforce. On Thursday made clear she is paying further attention to the objection to settle, by Michael Devine, who has filed an objection saying the settlement let the latest wave of companies off too easily. His objection was previously covered here on Slashdot.

"I just have concerns about whether this is really fair to the class," Koh said, adding that she had not made a decision about whether to approve the deal.

Several emails showed Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and some of their Silicon Valley rivals hatching plans to enforce their no-poaching agreement.

Under the terms of the settlement, workers would receive a few thousand dollars each on average. Technology employees filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc AAPL.O, Google Inc GOOGL.O, Intel Inc INTC.O and Adobe Systems Inc ADBE.O in 2011. The case has been closely watched due to the potentially high damages award and the opportunity to peek into the world of Silicon Valley's elite.

The four companies agreed to settle with the plaintiffs in April for a total of $324.5 million. The plaintiffs had planned to ask for about $3 billion in damages at trial, which could have tripled to $9 billion under antitrust law.

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Michael Devine's objection to settle with tech giants is heard by judge Koh

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