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Disney agrees to pay $100M to settle wage-fixing suit

Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California, San Jose division, granted preliminary approval to a $100 million settlement of an alleged wage-fixing lawsuit between Walt Disney Co., Pixar, Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC, and Two Pic MC LLC, and animation workers.

The amount is about 33.5% of the plaintiffs' expert's calculation of the damages attributable to Disney defendant employees in the certified class based on plaintiffs' Nov. 16, 2016, merits expert report on damages, according to a Jan. 31 court filing.

The court has scheduled a final fairness hearing on May 18.

Filed in 2014, the suit accused the companies of violating antitrust laws by conspiring to fix wages of animation employees under non-poaching agreements. In 2016, Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures agreed to pay $13 million to settle anti-poaching claims against the company.