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Disney finally settles the lawsuit in the wage scandal, which “ends” the suit, but not its implications.


After many months of litigation, the wage fixing scandal that rocked the animation world has finally come to a close. The suit includes many famous studios, including LucasFilm, Pixar, Imageworks and Imagemovers, and now also names Two Pic MC.

Variety Continues:

The lawsuit was filed in 2014 by Robert Nitsch, a former DreamWorks Animation senior character effects artist; David Wentworth, a former ImageMovers Digital production engineer; and Georgia Cano, a digital artist who held jobs at Rhythm & Hues, Walt Disney Feature Animation, and ImageMovers Digital. The legal filing says that each of the plaintiffs plan to seek service awards that would amount to $100,000 for the entire litigation.

The workers contend that the roots of the anti-poaching agreements go back to the mid-1980s, when George Lucas and Ed Catmull, the president of Steve Jobs’ newly formed company Pixar, agreed to not raid each other’s employees.

Other companies then joined the conspiracy, the suit contended, with agreements on such things as cold calling and notifying each other when making an offer to an employee of another company. In addition, the lawsuit claimed that the company making such an offer would not increase the compensation offered to the prospective employee in its offer if the company currently employing the employee made a counteroffer.

They also go through what has happened, including the recent settlement from Dreamworks (now owned by Comcast), worth 50 Million. With this plus the other 415 Million settled already by others in the suit, nearly a third of a billion dollars have been settled.

The Implications of this suit and what it did to animation and in turn the fans and the shows/movies you see on the small and big screens, will be shown in a future essay in the upcoming days.

 


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