Sony Pictures Entertainment Home Video Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:

According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

Sony Pictures Entertainment is settling a class action alleging that it did not properly calculate amounts due to profit participants (such as producers, directors, and actors) related to revenues for home viewing, where contracts did not expressly specify the calculation of such revenues. These include Home Video Revenue (from sales of physical copies of movies, such as DVDs and Blu-Ray discs), Electronic Sell-Through Revenue (from sales of downloads or other digital purchase), and Video On Demand (VOD) Revenue (from streaming on services like Netflix, where the consumer does not purchase a copy). 

Docket Number:


Company: Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

Filing Deadline: December 15, 2017

Class Period: December 31, 1981

Objection Deadline: December 15, 2017

Exclusion Deadline: December 15, 2017

Final Approval Hearing: January 19, 2018

Proof of Purchase:

No. If you received a notice, you are a member of the class and do not need to submit a claim form; if you did not receive one, but believe you are a class member, then you must submit a claim form.


You may be eligible if you had a profit participation contract with SPE (or one of its predecessors in interest), dated on or before December 31, 1981, that does not include an express provision for the calculation of participation in Home Video Revenue, Electronic Sell-Through Revenue, or VOD Revenue.

Class members will be divided into Recouped Class Members (who, as of December 31, 2016, is a profit participant on motion pictures that have earned sufficient revenue to require payment of profit participation) and Unrecouped Class Members (who are profit participants on motion pictures that, as of December 31, 2016, have not earned enough to pay profit participation). You may be a member of both classes in regard to different motion pictures. See the Notice for more information on how the settlement and accounting relief funds will be distributed.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Varies; some portion of the net amount of the settlement and/or accounting relief funds, depending on whether you are part of the Recouped or Unrecouped Class and whether the claim is retrospective or prospective, according to a formula . See the Notice at http://www.sonyhomevideosettlement.com/pdf/Long_Form_Notice.pdf for details.

Total Settlement Amount: $10 million

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:


Law Firms:
Johnson and Johnson LLP
Kiesel Law
Pearson Simon & Warshaw

Claim Form: Sony Home Video Settlement Claim Form

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

Settlement Website: Sony Home Video Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Angeion Group

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

SPE Home Video Settlement
c/o Angeion Group
1801 Market Street, Suite 660
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Tags: Entertainment, Intellectual Property, Movies and Videos, Profit Participation