Animation Cos. Seek To Undo Cert. In Worker Poaching Row

By Kurt Orzeck (June 9, 2016, 7:26 PM EDT) -- Dreamworks, Disney, Lucasfilm and Pixar on Thursday urged the Ninth Circuit to decertify a class of animation and visual effects employees who accused the studios of engaging in an anti-poaching conspiracy by secretly agreeing not to recruit one another's workers.

Dreamworks Animation SKG Inc., The Walt Disney Co., Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC, Pixar and Two Pic MC LLC filed a petition for permission to appeal U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh's recent ruling in which she found enough evidence to suggest classwide wage suppression. The class period for most of the alleged conspirators stretches from 2004 to 2010, though the animators had sought to...

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