Larry E. Martindale, et. al. v.
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.

Case No. BC499182

Los Angeles Superior Court, Central Civil West Courthouse


Important Dates

December 15, 2017 - Deadline to File Claim Form, Postmark Deadline

December 15, 2017 - Deadline to Postmark Requests for Exclusion

December 15, 2017 - Deadline to Postmark Objections

December 15, 2017 - Deadline to File Notice of Intention to Appear

March 23, 2018 at 10:00 am - Fairness Hearing


* The Court may change deadlines listed in the Notice without further notice to the Class. Please visit this website frequently to keep informed of any changes in the deadlines as well as the updated status of the case.*

If You Are a Profit Participant on a Motion Picture Released by Sony Pictures Entertainment (“SPE”) for Home Video, Electronic Sell-Through or Video On Demand, You Could Financially Benefit from a Class Action Settlement.

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit. This lawsuit claims that SPE failed to properly account for and pay motion picture profit participants (e.g. producers, directors, and actors) in regard to Home Video Revenue, Electronic Sell-Through Revenue, and Video on Demand Revenue under profit participation contracts that do not include express provisions regarding the treatment of such revenues for calculation of profit participation.

Summary of Your Legal Rights and Options in the Settlement

REMAIN PART OF THE SETTLEMENT CLASS

REMAIN PART OF THE SETTLEMENT CLASS

If you received a notice in the mail and you are part of the Settlement Class, you do not have to take any action to remain part of the Settlement Class and be eligible to receive the benefits, payments and credits offered by the Settlement. Payments and credits will be applied to eligible Class Members automatically if you are part of the Settlement.

BECOME PART OF THE SETTLEMENT CLASS
(BY DECEMBER 15, 2017)

If you did not receive a notice in the mail and you believe that you may be a Class Member, you can contact the Settlement Administrator and apply to take part in the Settlement. A claim form is available HERE or by calling 1-855-400-3443 TOLL-FREE.

EXCLUDE YOURSELF
(BY DECEMBER 15, 2017)

Excluding yourself means you get no payment or credits from this Settlement.

This is the only option that allows you to keep any rights you currently have to negotiate with or sue SPE about the claims in this case.

See FAQs 14–16.

OBJECT TO THIS SETTLEMENT
(BY DECEMBER 15, 2017)

If you do not exclude yourself, you may write to the Court about why you do not like this Settlement. See FAQs 19–20.

GO TO THE HEARING
(ON FEBRUARY 28, 2018, AT 9:00 A.M.)

Ask to speak in Court about your opinion of this Settlement. The Court may change deadlines listed in the Notice without further notice to the Class. Please visit this website frequently to keep informed of any changes in the deadlines as well as the updated status of the case.


Home Video Revenue is revenue derived from the sale of physical copies of motion pictures in tangible products such as Videocassettes, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs. Electronic Sell-Through Revenue is revenue derived from the sale of digital copies of motion pictures that are delivered to the consumer via electronic transmission (e.g. through download purchases on iTunes or Amazon). Video on Demand Revenue is revenue derived from digital streaming of motion pictures, including through services commonly known as “video-on-demand” or “subscription video-on-demand,” where the consumer does not obtain permanent ownership of a copy of the motion picture (e.g. streaming on services like Netflix).

This Settlement provides a total of $5 million (“Settlement Fund”) to be available for compensation to the Recouped Class Members (as defined in FAQ 9) less administrative and notice expenses, compensation to Named Plaintiffs, and attorneys’ fees and costs.

This Settlement also provides a total of $5 million (“Accounting Relief Fund”) for the benefit of Unrecouped Class Members (as defined in FAQ 9) for the application of an adjustment on the account of the motion pictures associated with a Class Profit Participation Contract to which an Unrecouped Class Member is a party.

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