The Apple iCar rumor mill is kicking into high gear as A123 Systems has filed a lawsuit against the tech giant for hiring some of their top engineers.

The Apple iCar rumor mill is kicking into high gear as A123 Systems has filed a lawsuit against the tech giant for hiring some of their top engineers.

According to the suit, Apple started poaching A123 Systems employees in June of 2014. They contend that once hired, they began working on projects similar to the ones they were doing at A123 Systems. The company says this is a violation of their employment agreements and contends "Apple is currently developing a large-scale battery division to compete in the very same field as A123."

The suit goes on to claim that former employee Mujeeb Ijaz is helping Apple to "systematically" hire "A123’s high-tech PhD and engineering employees, thereby effectively shutting down various projects/programs at A123."

Apple hasn't responded to the suit but A123 Systems will probably sound familiar to anyone who was a fan of the ill-fated Fisker Karma. The battery-maker went bankrupt in 2012 and stopped suppling batteries to Fisker. This, in return, halted Karma production and helped to push the automaker into bankruptcy. Both companies were eventually bought by the Wanxiang who is actively trying to revive Fisker.

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