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Sony reaches settlement in hacking lawsuits

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Good news for Sony 10 months after the devastating hack that exposed sensitive employee information and emails: The company has reached a tentative agreement to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit filed by former employees. 

According to a Wednesday court filing, Sony Pictures Entertainment and the plaintiffs reached the agreement on Tuesday, but it is “subject to final documentation” and court approval.

The filing was submitted by attorney Daniel C. Girard, who represents Michael Corona and Christina Mathis, who filed a lawsuit back in December claiming Sony “failed to secure its computer systems, servers, and databases, despite weaknesses that it has known about for years.”

No specific details of the proposed settlement were revealed. The plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary approval of the proposed settlement will be filed by Oct. 19.  

Corona and Mathis’ lawsuit was just the first of several lawsuits claiming that Sony failed to adequately protect its employees’ information. In another lawsuit, Susan Dukow and Yvonne Yaconelli claimed that Sony execs were aware of the “real and imminent risk of backlash” of moving forward with The Interview. 

In the fallout of the hack, which began in late November, documents were leaked revealing sensitive employee information, including salaries, employee complaints, and private passwords. In a complaint filed in March, according to Variety, the company claimed that in the aftermath of the breach, it has “focused on securing its own intellectual property from pirates and a public relations campaign directed at controlling damage to SPE associated with the release of embarrassing internal emails.”

A representative for Sony declined to comment on the settlement.

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