Judge deals blow to high-tech workers' lawsuit

Fri Apr 5, 9:01 PM UTC

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has dealt a setback to a group of people who allege that Apple, Google and five other technology companies formed an illegal cartel to hold down wages and reduce the chances of losing their best engineers.

In a ruling released Friday, Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, Calif., denied a request to certify their lawsuit as a class action seeking damages on behalf of tens of thousands of employees. She concludes the employers' alleged collusion may have affected workers in too many different ways to justify lumping the individual claims together.

The allegations will be more difficult to pursue if they can't be united in a single lawsuit.

The employees' lawyers say they plan to address Koh's concerns in a new filing.