Not so fast.
A federal judge on Friday rejected a proposed settlement in a case involving
The settlement was reached in a case that had already proved deeply embarrassing to the tech companies involved.
As the case moved toward a trial, the companies were forced to disclose emails from such bigwigs as Apple's
To thwart even more disclosures, the companies announced a settlement to avoid a trial last Spring. But on Friday, U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh declined to approve the deal, saying the payment was too low.
Koh noted that a separate settlement involving Intuit,
"The remaining defendants should, at a minimum, pay their fair share as compared to the settled defendants, who resolved their case with plaintiffs at a state of the litigation where defendants had much more leverage over plaintiffs," Koh said today, according to Bloomberg.
The companies must now decide whether to renegotiate a new settlement or proceed to trial and hope any verdict falls short of the deal that Koh scuttled.