Sony, Fox Units' No-Poach Class Deals Get Judge Koh's Nod

By Kat Greene (July 7, 2016, 4:29 PM EDT) -- Fox and Sony units won a nod Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh for their combined $19 million settlements to close out a proposed class action in California federal court accusing them and other major studios of illegally conspiring not to hire each other's animators.

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. subsidiary Blue Sky Studios said in March it had reached a deal with the 10,000-strong proposed class of animators, reporting in court papers that it would pay nearly $6 million to settle.

And in May, Sony Pictures Corp. units Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc. and Sony Pictures Animation Inc. struck...

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