Oracle No-Poaching Lawsuit Survives

     SAN JOSE (CN) – A federal judge refused to dismiss a class action accusing Oracle of suppressing employee wages by creating no-poaching agreements with other tech giants.
     Lead plaintiff Greg Garrison sued Oracle in October 2014, claiming it had a “restricted hiring agreement” with Google, Microsoft and others, who agreed not to poach each others’ managerial employees.
     The companies also agreed not to cold-call each others’ managers and to inform each other before hiring one another’s employees, Garrison claimed.
     Oracle filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings in January.
     U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh partially denied Oracle’s motion Wednesday, finding that the plaintiffs had sufficiently alleged an injury in the case.
     But Koh granted Oracle’s argument that the 4-year statute of limitations on the plaintiffs’ claims have run out.
     She gave the plaintiffs 30 days to amend their complaint.
     Several similar lawsuits have been filed against major tech companies.
     Plaintiffs’ attorney Bryce Dodds with Hogue and Belong in San Diego did not respond to a request for comment by deadline.
     Defendant’s attorney Daniel Wall with Latham & Watkins in San Francisco declined to comment.

%d bloggers like this: