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Ruling In Google-Microsoft Dispute Over Lee Comes Next Tuesday

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Judge to rule Tuesday in Kai-Fu Lee case from News.com says that a ruling on whether Kai-Fu Lee can leave Microsoft and become head of Google China will come next Tuesday. As issue is whether a preliminary injunction will be lifted ahead of a trial to permanently settle the matter in January.

The article also talks of Google statements that Lee wasn't a "key advisor" to Microsoft over China as Microsoft claims, especially in terms of recruitment. Microsoft says Lee was the company's "public face" of its recruiting efforts in the country.

Having Lee help recruiting is certainly key to Google. Day two: Microsoft-Google courtroom showdown from News.com covers more of yesterday's testimony where Google also says it has a backup plan if Lee can't come to work them. However, the company says this wouldn't be as effective as having him to help recruit students this autumn.

That article also covers Lee telling Microsoft in June that he intended to return to the company after a sabbatical to finish some projects regardless of whether he went to work elsewhere. But in response to the trial judge, he said his answer wasn't "complete" but was "honest."


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