In the summer of 2007, Apple's Steve Jobs received a note from then-Palm chief executive Ed Colligan, according to correspondence revealed in a lawsuit over employee poaching. “Your proposal that we agree that neither company will hire the other's employees, regardless of the individual's desires, is not only wrong, it is likely illegal,” Colligan wrote to the now-deceased Apple chief. The note was made public in a court filing on Thursday in a proposed class action brought by five software engineers against Apple Inc
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Apple declined to comment on Friday. Hewlett-Packard Co
Adobe did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday. The plaintiffs also cite correspondence from Pixar confirming a “gentleman's agreement” with Apple. Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The tech companies are seeking to dismiss the civil lawsuit, saying that the excerpted communications at most refer to bilateral business arrangements and not an “overarching conspiracy.” But the plaintiffs argue that these documents demonstrate a “multi-faceted illegal agreement,” and that the case should move forward. A hearing in the lawsuit is scheduled for January 26 in a San Jose, Calif. federal court. The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California is In Re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation, 11-cv-2509.