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After conspiracy charge, four tech giants appeal judge's decision

Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel are appealing the ruling of a US District Judge that rejected a settlement reached in April to pay workers $324.5 million as part of a class-action lawsuit.

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Attendees of the Google I/O 2014 keynote presentation stand in front of the screen at Moscone Center in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

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Four tech companies including Apple and Google are appealing a judge's rejection of a $324.5 million settlement for a class-action lawsuit brought by more than 60,000 high-tech workers.

The lawsuit alleged that Google and Apple conspired with the other technology companies to block some of their employees from getting better job offers. A settlement was reached in April, but U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled last month that it wasn't enough money.

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Now Apple Inc., Google Inc., Adobe Systems Inc. and Intel Corp. are appealing that ruling.

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Judge Koh is proposing that a trial start Jan. 12 or March 9.

Google declined to comment. Apple, Adobe Systems and Intel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.