FEA­TURES Wage-Fix­ing Suit Ends With $100M Dis­ney Set­tle­ment

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame -

The end is in sight for the class-ac­tion law­suit that shook up the an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try as hold­out de­fen­dants Dis­ney, Pixar and Lu­cas­film have reached a $100 mil­lion set­tle­ment with claimants who say that ma­jor an­i­ma­tion stu­dios broke an­titrust laws by con­spir­ing to set wages for artists and tech­ni­cal em­ploy­ees through non-poach­ing agree­ments.

The set­tle­ment also cov­ers ImageMovers — now known as Two Pic MC.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval in Jan­uary for a $50 mil­lion set­tle­ment pro­posed by Dream­Works An­i­ma­tion. Pre­vi­ous set­tle­ments were reached with Sony Pic­tures An­i­ma­tion and Image­works for $13 mil­lion, and with Blue Sky for nearly $6 mil­lion.

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