Sony Computer Entertainment America will pay up to $8.5 million to settle a wage and hour class action lawsuit brought on behalf of current and former employees who worked as artists and modelers known as "Image Production Employees." The suit, filed in 2005, and settlement will cover employees who worked at Sony February 2001 and September 2007. Under the terms of the settlement, Sony will also reclassify class members with a job title of Associate Artist and Artist 1 as nonexempt employees. As usual, the employer denies any liability or wrongdoing. The settlement is subject to court approval at a hearing set in September.