“Animation Workers Reach $50 Million Settlement with DreamWorks Animation,” Variety
October 17, 2016
A settlement has been reached between a group of animation workers and DreamWorks Animation in a class action lawsuit alleging that DreamWorks and other companies violated antitrust laws by conspiring to set animation wages via nonpoaching agreements.
The settlement provides for a cash payment of $50 million to a settlement fund. The plaintiffs already had reached settlement agreements with defendants Sony ImageWorks and Blue Sky Studios. Other defendants in the case include the Walt Disney Co., Lucasfilm, Pixar and ImageMovers. Those cases are still pending.
The settlement still must be approved by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh. A hearing is scheduled for January 19, 2017.