The Animation Anti-Trust Lawsuit now can go forward, which is big news for the Plaintiffs.
Last time in this drama, Sony settled out of court with the Plaintiffs, while aspects of the emails that Pixar’s departments to its lawyers could not be used. Then, as Comcast bought out Dreamworks Animation – they also settled out of court, and it was mentioned that the case could move forward if only Disney and Pixar/Lucas Arts were involved.
Now the Hollywood Reporter can report that Judge Koh ruled that the case can go forward:
On Wednesday U.S. District Court judge Lucy H. Koh certified the class, which is a big win for plaintiffs.
The class is defined as: “All animation and visual effects employees employed by defendants in the United States who held any of the jobs listed in Ashenfelter Reply Report Amended Appendix C during the following time periods: Pixar (2004–2010), Lucasfilm Ltd., LLC (2004–2010), DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (2004–2010), The Walt Disney Company (2004–2010), Sony Pictures Animation, Inc. and Sony Pictures Imageworks, Inc. (2004–2010), Blue Sky Studios, Inc. (2005–2010) and Two Pic MC LLC f/k/a ImageMovers Digital LLC (2007–2010). Excluded from the Class are senior executives, members of the board of directors, and persons employed to perform office operations or administrative tasks.”
While certifying a class does not require an analysis of the merits of the lawsuit, Koh writes that plaintiffs have offered a “copious amount” of evidence that defendants “entered into express agreements not to compete for one another’s employees and to coordinate compensation policies.”
Koh also noted that it appears the companies changed tactics after the DOJ started checking into their policies.
You can read the rest here…
And while this could be the end if Disney settles, it may not if the Plaintiffs don’t accept it. So stay tuned.
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