Lucasfilm settled civil charges that were brought against the company and rival Pixar Animation by the U.S. Justice Department for stifling competition for digital animation workers. Pixar had already settled its end of the situation in September, one of six companies in the technology sector to do so. Lucasfilm and Pixar developed a system where they agreed not to approach employees of the rival company. They contacted each other when they were planning to make an offer and would not bidding against one another. This was an effective way to hold down salaries, but it was done at the expense of the digital animators and is illegal.