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Animation studios ask judge to derail Techtopus class action suit

By Paul Bradley Carr , written on June 10, 2016

From The Techtopus Desk

The fallout from the Techtopus wagefixing cartel continues. 

When last we checked in, Sony animation had settled with a group of animation workers for its role in the cartel, which saw tech and movie giants colluding on hiring and wages for employees. The class action suit, which also accuses Disney and Dreamworks, was brought after animation workers read Pando's coverage of  wage fixing by tech giants. 

Now the animation studios are fighting back (again). According to Law360, Dreamworks, Disney, Lucasfilm and Pixar have asked the 9th Circuit to decertify the class status of the animation workers. If successful, the request would effectively end the class action suit.

If the move seems desperate, that's likely because a) it is and b) as we previously reported, part of the plaintiff's settlement with Sony included an agreement that Sony would hand over documents which showed Dreamworks and Disney's involvement in the wage fixing cartel. 

We'll update this story as soon as the 9th Circuit makes a ruling.