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October 06, 2005
Game Maker Settles OT Suit

Electronic Arts says it has agreed to pay $15.6 million to settle a lawsuit alleging a class of current and former graphic artists were entitled to overtime pay under California law.

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Under the terms of the settlement, EA will make a total payment of $15.6 million to cover all claims by the class members, plaintiffs' attorney fees, any incentive payments to the named plaintiffs, and all administrative costs of the settlement.

Any portion of the settlement fund that is unclaimed by class members will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that awards college scholarships to minority students, with a preference toward students interested in studying interactive entertainment, according to the company.

Settlement of the case, which is pending in the Superior Court of San Mateo County, California, must be approved by the court before it can become effective.

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