Google and Microsoft Battle Over Non-Competition Agreement
The suit was filed in King County Superior Court in Seattle. Google announced the day before the suit was filed that it had hired Dr. Lee and named him president of its China operations.
On July 21, 2005, Google answered Microsoft's lawsuit by filing a suit of its own in California Superior Court in Santa Clara seeking declaratory relief from the noncompetition agreement Microsoft is attempting to enforce in the Seattle court. It is likely that this move was an attempt by Google to move the case into the California courts, which take a strong position against the enforceability of noncompetition agreements.
The Employment Law Observer will continue to follow the lawsuit as it develops.