A bitterly fought pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against Lucasfilm Ltd. was dismissed Tuesday following a settlement between the parties.

The lawsuit by Julie Veronese, filed more than four years ago, had been headed for a second trial in late January.

The terms of the settlement were not available. Lucasfilm spokeswoman Lynne Hale declined to comment.

Veronese filed the lawsuit in 2009 after a job fell through at the San Anselmo estate of "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas. Veronese, then 36, had applied for a position as assistant to Sarita Patel, the estate manager.

Veronese, who was hired but never started work, claimed she was terminated because she became pregnant. Lucasfilm attorneys denied the allegations, suggesting Veronese had a poor attitude and that she concealed her pregnancy until she was hired so she would be covered by the company benefits.

Veronese was represented by Angela Alioto, an employment rights lawyer, a former San Francisco supervisor, and her mother-in-law. After a three-week trial that included testimony by George Lucas, a Marin jury ruled in 2010 that Lucasfilm committed pregnancy discrimination, failure to prevent pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination.

The jury rejected two of Veronese's claims, retaliation and failure to accommodate a disability.


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Veronese was awarded $113,830 in economic damages and $1.2 million in attorney's fees.

Lucasfilm appealed the verdict, claiming the jury received flawed jury instructions from the trial judge in Marin Superior Court.

Last December, the 1st District Court of Appeal sided with Lucasfilm and reversed the verdict, sending it back to Marin Superior Court for a new trial.

Veronese appealed to the state Supreme Court, which declined to review the case.

Lucasfilm is now owned by Disney, which bought the company last year for $4 billion.

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