Illustration for article titled Steve Jobs Emailed Eric Schmidt and Told Him to Stop Stealing Employees. And Schmidt Obliged.

Remember that civil lawsuit looming over the heads of some of the top Silicon Valley companies for conspiring not to poach each other's employees? The latest juicy tidbit to leak from that involves Steve Jobs sending Eric Schmidt an email demanding that Google stop stealing.


Reuters say the email, sent in 2007, was quickly acted upon by a receptive Schmidt.

"I would be very pleased if your recruiting department would stop doing this," Jobs wrote.

Schmidt forwarded Job's email onto other, undisclosed recipients.

"Can you get this stopped and let me know why this is happening?" Schmidt wrote.

Google's staffing director responded that the employee who contacted the Apple engineer "will be terminated within the hour."

He added: "Please extend my apologies as appropriate to Steve Jobs.".

That's not good. And though all these companies settled with with the DOJ in a criminal court, the more anecdotes like this that surface, the more money they'll have to shell out when they inevitably settle in the civil court. [Reuters via Apple Insider]

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