You know, this is such a waste of time. How many millions do we have to waste on this stuff? This is a lose-lose situation for Microsoft and Google. Both sides should figure out how to settle this immediately. Either Google should say they just don’t need this guy (because they don’t), or Microsoft should they don’t need this guy (because they don’t) and that they don’t care if he goes to Google (because it doesn’t matter).
That’s probably the best solution – both sides agree to never hire him again.
But the lawyers are advising both sides to take this to court. They probably advise that this is somehow precident setting for future employee hires. Yeah right. The real reason is because that’s how lawyers make money.