We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

Judge grants Microsoft's request to stay Google case

Non-competition kerfuffle set to run and run

In a victory for Microsoft, a US District Court judge in California has upheld a tentative ruling - first issued two weeks ago - to halt the Kai-Fu Lee case filed by Google. This gives the go-ahead for Microsoft's original case to be resolved before Google's can resume.

Microsoft filed a lawsuit on 19 July in a Washington state Superior Court. It concerned Google's hiring of Lee to spearhead research and development efforts in China, claiming the appointment violated a non-competition clause Lee signed with Microsoft.

In a ruling issued late on Thursday in a US District Court in San Jose, California, Judge Ronald Whyte ordered that the California case be put on hold until the Washington case concludes, a decision some believe gives Microsoft an edge. However, if Google loses the case in Washington state, the Mountain View, California, company still has a chance to win in its home state.

Google filed its California countersuit asking the court there to let California law apply and nullify the non-compete agreement. California laws are more lenient than Washington state laws in terms of how binding such agreements are.

Microsoft's case against Google and Lee is expected to resume in a Seattle courtroom early next year.


IDG UK Sites

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review: A better deal than the Z3 and most smartphones

IDG UK Sites

Why people aren't upgrading to iOS 8: new features are for power users, not the average Joe

IDG UK Sites

Framestore recreates ancient China for Mr Bean's martial arts misadventure

IDG UK Sites

iPad Air 2 review: Insanely fast and alarmingly thin. Speed tests, camera tests and more