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Facebook Inc. (FB) Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is scheduled to be questioned in a lawsuit alleging that seven technology companies broke antitrust laws by agreeing to not recruit from each other. Facebook's COO, Sandberg, To Be Questioned Over Antitrust Laws [bloomberg.com]
U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh in San Jose, California, yesterday issued a ruling allowing a deposition to take place around April 23. Google Inc. (GOOG), Intuit Inc. (INTU) and Apple Inc. (AAPL) are defendants in the case. Neither Facebook nor Sandberg, who was formerly an executive at Google, are defendants.
Plaintiffs argue their discovery has confirmed that senior officers at the companies personally entered into non- solicitation agreements to eliminate competition for each otherís employees, kept the pacts hidden from the workers, supervised the implementation of the plans and policed each other.