Apple’s new VP could cause ‘irreparable harm’ to IBM, says judge

25 11 2008

Unsealed opinion spells out concerns over former IBM exec’s role

November 25, 2008 (Computerworld) A federal judge ordered Apple Inc.‘s newest executive to leave the company just five days after starting work because he might cause “irreparable harm” to his former employer, IBM, unsealed court documents show.

Although U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Karas ordered Mark Papermaster, a 26-year veteran of IBM, to stop working for Apple on Nov. 7, his opinion explaining the decision was made public only on Friday and posted to the federal court system’s database yesterday.

In the opinion, Karas explained why he granted IBM’s request for a preliminary injunction that blocked Papermaster from working for Apple, where he was to head iPod and iPhone hardware development.




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