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September 3, 2005

Court docs: Ballmer vowed to ‘kill’ Google

Posted by David Hunter at 11:25 AM ET.

Ina Fried at CNET has the story (which is on all the wire services as well):

The allegation, filed in Washington state court, is the latest salvo in an increasingly nasty court fight triggered when Microsoft executive Kai-Fu Lee jumped to Google in July in what Microsoft claims is a violation of a one-year, non-compete agreement.

In a sworn statement made public Friday, Mark Lucovsky, another Microsoft senior engineer who left for Google in November 2004, recounted Ballmer’s angry reaction when Lucovsky told Ballmer he was going to work for the search engine company.

“At some point in the conversation, Mr. Ballmer said: ‘Just tell me it’s not Google,’” Lucovosky said in his statement. Lucovosky replied that he was joining Google.

“At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office,” Lucovosky recounted, adding that Ballmer then launched into a tirade about Google CEO Eric Schmidt. “I’m going to f***ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I’m going to f***ing kill Google.” Schmidt previously worked for Sun Microsystems and was the CEO of Novell.

Late Friday, Ballmer issued a statement disputing Lucovsky’s declaration.

More on the continuing Kai-Fu Lee saga by following the link.



Filed under Coopetition, Employee Retention, Executives, General Business, Google, Legal, Steve Ballmer

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  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Microsoft, Google settle Kai-Fu Lee case Says:

    [...] While not overly important in the overall scheme of things, the legal jousting in this case produced a comedic moment or two.   [Permalink] [...]

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