The Wage Fixing Scandal has Hit a Snag in Court But it Doesnt Mean Its Over.
Key Notes you need to know:
- Last summer, deposition testimony given by Pixar and Disney President Ed Catmull revealed evidence of collusion with animation industry competitors to fix wages and otherwise damage the careers of their employees.
- Subsequently, in September 2014, animation industry employee Robert A. Nitsch, Jr. (and soon followed by other employees) Georgia Cano and David Wentworth) filed a class-action suit against their former employers, Disney, Sony Pictures Imageworks, DreamWorks, ImageMovers Digital, and other studios, alleging a wage-theft conspiracy to bolster profits at the expense of the careers of countless animation artists.
- Last Friday, federal judge Lucy Koh sent the plaintiffs back to the drawing board: Federal antitrust law and California unfair competition law generally requires that any lawsuit must be filed within four years of the actual violations of these laws.
- Unless the plaintiffs can present new evidence by May 3, the case will not go ahead.
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