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Apple Gains Footing in Court Feud With Ex-Executive Turned Rival

  • Tentative ruling allows suit against Nuvia founder to proceed
  • Gerard Williams loses privacy fight over texts to colleagues

A former top chip engineer at Apple Inc. may have a hard time shaking off a breach-of-contract lawsuit the iPhone maker filed against him after he quit and launched his own processor company.

Gerard Williams III helped lead development of the chips used to power iPhones during his decade as a platform architect with Apple before he founded Nuvia Inc. last year. Williams contends a provision in the contract he had with Apple conflicts with a California law that allows workers to develop new businesses while they are employed elsewhere.