A123 Systems Suing Apple, Ex-Employee For Poaching Engineers

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
a123 systems suing apple ex employee for poaching engineers

Apple may or may not be building a car to battle Tesla, but the tech giant is in trouble with A123 Systems for poaching the latter’s employees.

Autoblog reports the battery manufacturing is suing Apple in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, seeking a restraining order preliminary injunction against former employee Mujeeb Ijaz, who it believes is hiring away key employees to the tech giant:

It appears that Apple, with the assistance of defendant Ijaz, is systematically hiring away A123’s high tech PhD and engineering employees, thereby effectively shutting down various projects/programs at A123.

The suit follows speculation that Apple is entering the automotive space with its own EV, with a roster of former Tesla employees likely working on the project.

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  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Feb 20, 2015

    It's not clear to me why A123 is suing Apple, other than going after deep pockets. Wouldn't they instead be suing their ex-employees who violated non-disclosure agreements? I know that non-competes aren't worth any more than the Charmin in the john, but NDA's have some teeth. Moreover, if the ex-employees were working under some type of employment contract, and they violated some contractual agreement regarding completing certain project work, wouldn't A123 have a solid case against them? Not a great precedent to go suing ex-employees who quit, but then, maybe the message needs to be sent so that people take contracts more seriously.

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    • Dave M. Dave M. on Feb 20, 2015

      @See 7 up I'm guessing the bankruptcy didn't help A123's case that much...

  • Xtoyota Xtoyota on Feb 20, 2015

    Once all the info is extracted from the X A123 employee Apple will dump them for cheaper engineers from China...... anyone want to bet on that one :=)

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    • Burgersandbeer Burgersandbeer on Feb 20, 2015

      I doubt Apple would outsource those jobs to China. More likely those employees are being paid well above market rate, and they won't see a raise until the rest of the market catches up.

  • Carguy Carguy on Feb 20, 2015

    It a great inspirational message to all your employees that if you dare leave for a better paying job that we will sue you. A123: "Keep working for us, or we release the lawyers"

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    • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on Feb 21, 2015

      @burgersandbeer ect, thanks. That's pretty much what my wife's brother-in-law told me as well. I didn't want to regurgitate all that on this forum because someone would point out it has nothing to do with the premise that is ttac, or used to be ttac at one time. I believe that the burden will remain with A123 to prove their case. But from where I sit, I applaud Apple for hiring the best and brightest to further the profitability of Apple's investors. If A123 had been a viable business concept, they would not have gone belly-up. Apple is a winner and I believe "to the winner, all the spoils."

  • Schmitt trigger Schmitt trigger on Feb 20, 2015

    lashes will continue until morale improves