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September 3, 2015

Sony Pictures reaches settlement with ex-employees over hacking

The lawsuit is a combination of seven different lawsuits brought by former employees.

By CBR Staff Writer

Sony Pictures has reached a tentative deal to settle claims by ex-employees whose personal information were stolen during the hacking incident that shook the company ten months ago.

The terms of the deal, which were filed on Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles, were not revealed.

Personal information regarding present and ex-employees were claimed to have been stolen in the incident and embarrassing email conversations between the company’s top executives were also exposed.

The court filing says : "On September 1, 2015, Plaintiffs and SPE reached an agreement in principle to settle all of the claims of the putative class against SPE, subject to final documentation, which will be submitted for the Court’s approval in accordance."

US officials blamed North Korea for the incident as Sony angered the nation with the Seth Rogen comedy movie ‘The Interview’, which had a fictional plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un.

The company was also accused of not ensuring adequate security measures to stop hackers from getting into the company’s computer systems.

Some ex-employees claimed that the hackers tried identity theft to use their credit cards and were trying to sell their personal data on the dark web.

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Sony however argued that case was baseless to proceed with, as none of the lead plaintiffs in the case had suffered financial loss because of the hacks.

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