Sony Reaches Settlement in Hacking Lawsuit

Former employees had sued media giant for data breach

Last Updated: September 2, 2015 @ 4:40 PM

Sony Pictures Entertainment has reached a tentative deal to settle the class-action lawsuit brought by former employees over the hack of the company’s servers last year that exposed their personal data.

“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,” according to a filing by the plaintiffs’ lawyers.

“To allow the parties to focus their efforts on finalizing the settlement, the parties respectfully request that the Court approve the proposed stipulation submitted herewith contiuing 45 days the pending trial date and other pretrial preparation deadlines currently on calendar pending the Court’s consideration of the fairness of the proposed settlement,” the filing continued.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The suit is the combination of seven different lawsuits brought by former employees after November’s hack attack, which saw thousands of personal employee documents dumped on filesharing sites including their medical records, Social Security numbers and emails.

A Fortune magazine report in June revealed that security at the studio was incredibly lax. “Basically the janitor can walk straight into their Info Sec department,” a cybersecurity expert said.

The hack eventually led to chairwoman Amy Pascal stepping down from her position in February.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.