Developments In the Animation Wage Fixing Lawsuit – Blue Sky will Pay $6 Million to the Defendants.
Here are some of the details from Deadline:
Over a year and a half after a former DreamWorks Animation visual effects artist kicked off a potential class action suit against Sony, DWA, Pixar, LucasFilm, Disney and others over wage-fixing and anti-poaching allegations, Fox owned Blue Sky Studios has today thrown in the legal towel and is seeking a settlement.
“The Court should preliminarily approve the proposed settlement as fair, reasonable and adequate because it provides for the class A cash payment of $5,950,000 and cooperation from Blue Sky,” said a filing Thursday in federal court in Northern California concerning The Peanuts Movie studio…“By any measure, but especially for the first settlement in the case with the smallest defendant, it is an excellent result for the class,” adds the settlement motion from the attorneys. A hearing on the proposed agreement is set for June 16 in front of Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose.
It doesn’t look good for the studios. If Fox is willing to settle…and folks this is only one of the studios, and they are trying to keep their folks out of jail. And Judge Koh may ask for more money or throw it out then go for a judgement, which could raise the fine and possible jail time.
This is only the beginning, and there will be definitely more soon.
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