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After conspiracy charge, four tech giants appeal judge's decision

Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel are appealing the ruling of a US District Judge that rejected a settlement reached in April to pay workers $324.5 million as part of a class-action lawsuit.

(Jeff Chiu/AP)
Attendees of the Google I/O 2014 keynote presentation stand in front of the screen at Moscone Center in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Four tech companies including Apple and Google are appealing a judge's rejection of a $324.5 million settlement for a class-action lawsuit brought by more than 60,000 high-tech workers.

The lawsuit alleged that Google and Apple conspired with the other technology companies to block some of their employees from getting better job offers. A settlement was reached in April, but U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled last month that it wasn't enough money.

Now Apple Inc., Google Inc., Adobe Systems Inc. and Intel Corp. are appealing that ruling.

Judge Koh is proposing that a trial start Jan. 12 or March 9.

Google declined to comment. Apple, Adobe Systems and Intel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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