A California federal judge threatened to sanction two Disney producers on Thursday for challenging multiple pending settlements totaling $170 million that would end allegations Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks and other studios agreed not to poach each other’s animators, saying the producers can’t hold up the deals because they’re not class members.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said she would hold off on issuing a final order approving multiple settlements paying 10,870 animators approximately $13,214 each so she can rule on class counsel’s sanctions bid. She told an attorney for the Disney producers that while she’s not “prejudging” the sanctions motion, she thinks the Disney producers don’t have standing to stop the deal and their attempt to hold it up could warrant sanctions.
“I do not think it is right to hold up payment of over 10,870 people when your clients are not class members,” the judge said. “And if I need to, I’ll do what I need to do to sanction you.”
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