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Friday
May062011

Pixar sued over alleged non-solicitation agreement

Pixar and Lucasfilm were sued Wednesday over an alleged agreement not to cold-call one another’s employees for recruiting. The lawsuit is an antitrust class action filed on behalf of salaried employees who worked for the companies between January 1, 2005 and January 1, 2010. It was brought by the San Francisco-based plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser, which specializes in class actions.

According to the firm, the companies entered into “(1) agreements not to actively recruit each other’s employees; (2) agreements to provide notification when making an offer to another’s employee (without the knowledge or consent of that employee); and (3) agreements to cap pay packages offered to prospective employees at the initial offer.”

Adobe Systems, Apple, Google, Intel, and Intuit are also defendants.

Pixar and the other defendants except for Lucasfilm settled with the Justice Department in September over the allegations without admitting guilt; Lucasfilm settled in December. The new lawsuit contends that the companies are liable for lost pay.