It seems that big hooplah over the overtime problems that EA has has
been settled. A total of $15.6 million will be paid out to cover all
claims but the class members, attorney fees, and other costs. Now let's
hope EA has learned their lesson and changed their policy as well as
take care of their employees better.
EA Settles Class Action on Overtime
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 5, 2005--Electronic Arts
(NASDAQ:ERTS) and counsel representing a class of current and former
computer graphic artists in Electronic Arts' California studios today
announced a settlement agreement on claims for overtime compensation.
Under the terms of the settlement, the claims of the alleged class will
be dismissed, and EA will make a total payment of $15.6 million to
cover all claims by the class members, plaintiffs' attorney fees, any
incentive payments to the named plaintiffs and all administrative costs
of the settlement. Any portion of the settlement fund that is unclaimed
by class members will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, a national
nonprofit organization that awards college scholarships to minority
students, with a preference toward students interested in studying
Settlement of the case, which is
pending in the Superior Court of San Mateo County, California, must be
approved by the Court before it can become effective.
Plaintiffs and the class were represented in the litigation by Thomas
V. Urmy, Jr. and Todd S. Heyman of the Boston law firm Shapiro Haber
& Urmy LLP (http://www.shulaw.com) and Robert C. Schubert and Miranda Kolbe of the San Francisco law firm Schubert & Reed LLP (http://www.schubert-reed.com). EA was represented by Lynne C. Hermle and Jessica R. Perry of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (http://www.orrick.com).