Google and Microsoft Back in Court

The story: Google asks court to void Lee’s Microsoft pact, discusses another chapter in the case that took place last week when Google asked a federal judge in California to rule that Dr. Kai-Fu Lee’s contract with MS is “unenforceable.” Dr. Lee is a former MS exec who was Google hired in July to head a new research center in China.

Google has now asked that federal court judge to–as a matter of law–rule on Google’s behalf without a trial. In court papers filed Friday, Google argued that “this motion for summary judgment is made on the grounds that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact” and that the noncompete clause of Microsoft’s employment contract violates California law.

More SEW Blog coverage:
+ Google Anticipated Potential Problems in Lee Hiring
+ Microsoft Gets Temporary Restraining Order in Google Case
+ Ruling Soon In Dispute Over Microsoft Exec With “Playbook” At Google
Lee Hits China For Google, Didn’t Foresee Non-Compete Problems
+ Microsoft Sues Google Over China Hire
+ Google Will Open Research Center in China, Hire Microsoft VP to Run China Operation

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