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Borland sues MS over staff poaching

Borland is going to the courts to prevent Microsoft bleeding any more of its staff.

According to Borland CEO Delbert Yokam, Microsoft has taken on 34 top staff in 30 months and using hard cash incentives ranging up to $1 million. Borland is so desperate to stem the flow that it is seeking a temporary injunction preventing staff from going to its deadly rival. In particular, it claims Microsoft is deliberately draining its developer tools staff in order to debilitate Borland's ability to compete.

In the UK, movement between the two companies has not been particularly noticeable although Microsoft did tap Borland's former dBase product manager Andrew Gerrard two years ago. Microsoft UK declined to comment.