Crime & Justice

Sony employees' hacking suit settlement gets preliminary OK

The entrance of Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California is seen December 16, 2014.
The entrance of Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California is seen December 16, 2014. "Guardians of Peace" hackers invoked the 9/11 attacks in their most chilling threat yet against Sony Pictures, warning the Hollywood studio not to release a film which has angered North Korea. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
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A federal judge has given preliminary approval to a settlement of up to $8 million between Sony Pictures Entertainment and current and former employees related to the hack of the company's computers last year.

U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner provided the preliminary approval Friday and scheduled a final approval hearing for March.

Under the deal, Sony agreed to reimburse employees up to $10,000 apiece for identity-theft losses, to cover the cost of credit-fraud protection services and to pay for plaintiffs' legal fees.

Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace broke into company computers and released thousands of emails, documents, Social Security numbers and other personal information in an attempt to derail the release of the North Korean-focused comedy "The Interview." The U.S. government blamed North Korea for the attack.