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Disney settle anti-poaching lawsuit

The lawsuit accuses Disney and other tech companies of conspiring to poach each other's employees.

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SAN FRANCISCO - Walt Disney Co.'s Lucas film Ltd and Pixar units have settled a lawsuit accusing them and other technology companies of conspiring not to poach each other's employees, resolving their part in a case that involves some of Silicon Valley's biggest names.

The settlement was disclosed in a Friday court filing that did not elaborate on terms of the deal. Disney was not immediately available for comment.

This year, a US judge in San Jose, California ruled that the lawsuit cannot proceed as a class action but left the door open for workers to eventually sue as a group.

The case has been closely watched by Silicon Valley, including the late Apple chief executive Steve Jobs and former Google chief executive Eric Schmidt.

If the complainants win class certification, then they would have more leverage to extract large financial settlements than if they were to sue individually.

Other defendants in the case include Adobe Systems Inc., Intel Corp and Intuit Inc.