February 03, 2017

Civil litigation stemming from a 2010 U.S. Department of Justice investigation into anti-poaching agreements among technology companies has drawn to a close, as The Walt Disney Company and the plaintiff class of animators have tied up the last loose end with a $100 million settlement.

The last case, tentatively resolved Wednesday, was filed in 2014 by animators who accused Disney and other top studios of engaging in an anti-poaching agreement.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Daniel A. Small of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC said that the final amount that each of the roughly 10,000 class members in the studios case would receive, after expenses and attorney fees are factored out, remains to be seen. But he estimated that it would be “on average in the thousands per class member.” “We're very pleased with the results we were able to achieve in this case,” Small said. “I believe they show that class actions are capable of providing, and did in this case, very meaningful relief.”

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