NEW YORK – Battery maker A123 Systems is suing Apple, claiming it aggressively poached some key staff members in violation of their nondisclosure and noncompete agreements when they left A123.
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According to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, A123 is seeking a restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop former employee Mujeeb Ijaz to hire former A123 employees at Apple, where he now works. A123 makes lithium-ion batteries for electric cars and other products,
The complaint says Apple is starting a battery division nearly identical to A123. Apple did not immediately return a request for comment.
The suit comes amid unconfirmed reports that Apple may be developing an electric car as competition in that sector heats up.