The battles between Microsoft and Google have been widely discussed, and recently hit the courts again when Microsoft claimed that Google had unlawfully lured Kai-Fu Lee to work for them. The defection, Microsoft claimed, was in violation of a ‘non-compete’ clause which was included in Lee’s contract with Microsoft. Superior court judge Steven Gonzalez agreed, to the extent of granting a temporary restraining order prohibiting Lee from performing similar work to that which he was formerly doing at Microsoft. No similar products, services or projects, including Internet and desktop search tools.
Microsoft now claims that it has found a document in the Recycle Bin of Lee’s computer which indicates that Google and Lee had foreseen potential litigation, and clearly understood that the contract with Microsoft was being violated.
According to news.com:
The document Microsoft said it found in Lee's recycle bin states that should the software maker prevent Lee from working at both Microsoft and Google because of a noncompete clause, Google will place him on a paid leave of absence or give him a consulting job for up to a year.