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NEWS: Court Bans Ex Microsoft Executive From Performing New Google Job Tasks

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posted on Jul, 29 2005 @ 01:28 AM
Kai-Fu Lee, previously an executive with Microsoft corporation has been banned by Superior Court Judge Steven Gonzalez from performing certain tasks in his new position at Google, which hired him to lead a Chinese based research and Development center. Google has asked the court for a more specific list of tasks that Mr Lee is barred from and Microsoft will provide the court with a recommended list by Monday.
Microsoft sued Lee and Google last week, claiming that by taking the Google job, Lee was violating an agreement he signed in 2000, barring him from working for a direct competitor in an area that overlapped with his roles at Microsoft.

Lee and Google, which countersued, say he is not a search expert and that he had only limited involvement in Microsoft's China operations since 2000, the year he signed the agreements at the heart of the dispute.

Most recently a vice president working on speech recognition in Microsoft's server and tools division, Lee headed up the creation of the company's research center in Beijing in the late 1990s and later worked in the MSN search unit.

Microsoft said it paid Lee handsomely and would not have hired him if he had not promised to honor confidentiality and noncompetition agreements. The company said Lee made more than $3 million over nearly five years, and that he earned more than $1 million last year.

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Microsoft is taking the stance that this has been done to protect their sensitive business information while Google says it is confident the ruling will overturned and Microsoft stopped from it's so called standover tactics.

It is believed that Mr Lee signed a confidentiality and noncompetition agreement when he commenced employment with Microsoft.

[edit on 29-7-2005 by Mayet]

posted on Jul, 29 2005 @ 01:02 PM
If he signed a NDA, then he's bound by it. I'm tired of priviledged executives and overpaid sports stars playing willy-nilly with contracts and agreements, doing whatever they want and getting away with it.

If you sign an agreement and there's no duress, if signing a well-understood and clearly disclosed agreement was a condtion for you to reap benefits, then you're bound by it, just like the rest of us. We can't "decide" our credit card and mortgage contracts just weren't acceptable anymore and break them at whim, without drastic financial and legal consequences. The elite need to be held to the same standard.

Being as anti-M$ as many IT professionals, I still have to agree with this. You signed the agreement with the devil, now it's time to pay with yer soul.

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