By Daniel Hunter

Four of the world's biggest tech companies, Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe, have agreed a $415m (£273.5m) settlement over a deal not to poach staff from each other.

A lawsuit against the four alleged that they had agreed not to poach each other's staff. It suggested that any such agreement would prevent staff from getting better job offers.

The case, which started in 2011, is seeking £3bn in damages on behalf of 64,000 workers.

The $415m settlement offer comes after a US judge rejected a $324.5m offer last year.

The suit is largely based on emails between senior figures at the companies. It is understood that former Google boss Eric Schmidt emailed former Apple boss Steve Jobs to say that a Google employee, who approached an Apple worker, would be fired.

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