Last week, we brought you news that Apple appears to be working on electric car technology. Those rumors are edging towards !CONFIRMED! status, thanks to news that Apple is being sued by battery maker A123 Systems for poaching staff in order to develop a “large scale battery division.”
The lawsuit, first reported by Law360, involves five engineers and scientists who A123 Systems alleges were poached by Apple over the course of the last few months, in breach of various NDAs and non-compete agreements. A123 also claims that it’s had to shut down several projects as a result.
In addition to the various contracts, A123 Systems’ suit also included e-mail left on their servers by one of the poached scientists (as well as a résumé) as proof that Apple had been raiding its talent pool.
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