Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks have reached a settlement with animation industry workers in the ongoing class action lawsuit against major feature animation studios alleging wage theft. Reports say the settlement will be around $13 milion.
In a Case Management Statement filed last Friday, the plaintiffs, who are the animation workers, stated that they will file a motion for preliminary approval of the settlement later this week. That motion should more fully describe the details of the settlement, which follows on the heels of the settlement reached at the end of March between the plaintiffs and Blue Sky Studios.
Plaintiff Robert Nitsch, Jr., a former Dreamworks Animation visual effects artist, first filed his lawsuit in September 2014 and was soon joined by plaintiffs Georgia Cano and David Wentworth. After initially having their suit thrown out based on statute of limitations issues, the plaintiffs managed to revive the case in August 2015. The plaintiffs are now requesting that Judge Lucy Koh schedule the hearings on the settlement with Sony to occur on the same day as the hearing on the settlement with Blue Sky, currently scheduled for June 16.