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Tech companies agree to pay more than $300 million to settle hiring lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO - Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to pay $324 million to settle a large antitrust lawsuit over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to sources familiar with the deal.

Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired not to poach one another's employees in order to avert a salary war.

Trial had been scheduled to begin at the end of May on behalf of roughly 60,000 workers in the class.