The communication came just after Palm hired a former Apple executive, Jon Rubinstein, to develop their new phone. Steve Jobs was concerned that Rubinstein was recruiting Apple employees. We must do whatever we can to stop this, Jobs said
The exact details of what Jobs proposed are not known; however, he did say that Apple had patents and more money than Palm if the companies ended up in a legal battle.
Colligan replied saying, "Your proposal that we agree that neither company will hire the others employees, regardless of the individuals desires, is not only wrong, it is likely illegal,".