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Apple Accused in Battery-Maker’s Lawsuit of Poaching Employees

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Employees Poached, Apple Sued by A123 Systems

Apple Inc. was accused in a lawsuit of embarking on an aggressive campaign to poach employees from a lithium-ion battery maker amid reports that it’s developing an electric car.

The lawsuit, filed this month in Massachusetts state court by A123 Systems LLC, also accuses five of its former employees of violating non-disclosure agreements as they either went to work for Apple or planned to. The case was moved to federal court in Boston this week.