We reported previously on DreamWorks Animation’s payment of $50 million to settle a class action antitrust suit. The class represented animators who claimed they were denied employment opportunities due to a “gentlemen’s agreement” among the studios not to poach each other’s employees. The other defendants in addition to DreamWorks–Blue Sky Studios, Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks–had also settled, leaving only Disney and its subsidiaries left in litigation.
Pending judicial approval, the Disney parties The Walt Disney Company, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Two Pic MC will pay an additional $100 million to settle the claims against them. This final payment will bring the lawsuit to a close at a hefty final price tag of nearly $170 million for the studios involved.