Judge gives final approval to $415m settlement in Techtopus wage-fixing suit
After years of legal fighting, the Techtopus wage theft suit against Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, Lucasfilm and Pixar has finally reached its final approved settlement.
Last year, Judge Lucy Koh rejected a $324.5 million settlement as too low after objections were raised by some plaintiffs including Michael Devine, who has spoken regularly to Pando about the case.
Today's final approval sees the total settlement formally increased to $415m, with most plaintiffs receiving around $5,770, according to PCWorld.com. That's an increase of around $700 each on the original settlement.
For his work in pushing for the higher settlement, Devine was awarded $120,000. Other key "class representative" plaintiffs were awarded $80,000, in addition to an early $20,000 settlement from Pixar, Lucasfilm and Intuit. In her final order, Judge Koh said that each of the class represenattves had "risked significant workplace retaliation by serving as a named plaintiff in this high-profile lawsuit."
The end of this suit doesn't mean the end of Techtopus, however. A new wage-fixing suit against Hollywood animation studios is gathering steam, having recently been green lit by Judge Koh. As we reported last year, the suit -- against Disney, Sony and others -- was initiated after animation workers read Pando's coverage of the Techtopus scandal.