Last month, battery company A123 Systems sued Apple, the computer company, for hiring some ex-A123 workers in violation of their nondisclosure and noncompete agreements that were put in place when they left A123. The hirings began last June. This week, Apple asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit because the claims were too speculative to proceed, according to Reuters.

A123's complaint said that, "It appears that Apple, with the assistance of defendant [Mujeeb] Ijaz [a former A123 worker now at Apple], is systematically hiring away A123's high tech PhD and engineering employees, thereby effectively shutting down various projects/programs at A123." In Apple's request for dismissal, it said, "Apple hiring five A123 employees, without more, does not indicate improper means or motive to support a claim for tortious interference or 'raiding.'"

While nothing official has been released, the speculation is that Apple wants the A123 workers under its roof because it is working on an electric car.

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