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U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, Northern District of CaliforniaU.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, Northern District of California (Jason Doiy)

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge decided on Wednesday that a wage-suppression class action against animation studios including DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. and The Walt Disney Co.’s Pixar can move forward as a class action.

In a victory for thousands of visual-effects workers and their lawyers, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California wrote in an 80-page order that plaintiffs in Nitsch v. DreamWorks had met the burden of showing that the issues are common enough to be tried on a classwide basis.

Koh rejected the studios’ argument that the suit should be broken apart because there are too many individualized questions about whether certain workers knew of the companies’ alleged “no poach” conspiracy before the 2010 statute of limitations cutoff.

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