A federal judge will not allow a lawsuit accusing Apple, Google and other technology companies of conspiring not to poach each other’s employees to proceed as a class action, “but left the door open for affected workers to eventually sue as a group,” reports “Reuters” (http://tinyurl.com/ckhy4yx)

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, said the five software engineers who brought the case had yet to show that the proposed class plaintiffs had enough in common to allow them to sue together. However, in light of new evidence, she said the nature of the “alleged overarching conspiracy” and desire to litigate it all at once weighed “heavily” in favor of class certification. As a result, she gave the plaintiffs a chance to seek class certification again, notes “Reuters.”