Dora the Explorer's USD$7 million lawsuit against Nickelodeon has been quietly dropped. On December 3, The Hollywood Reporter published that Caitlin Sanchez's attorney John Balestriere confirmed that "after discussions, the lawsuit was withdrawn."
Details, including settlement amounts, can't be revealed as part of the agreement.
Christmas special tomorrow
Dora the Explorer airs on Treehouse TV Sundays at 11 am. Nickelodeon Canada airs Dora on weekdays at 9:25 am and 25 minutes after noon.
Tomorrow, Sunday, December 12, Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure airs on Treehouse.
Her claims, now settled on
Sanchez felt that she wasn't receiving enough, given the merchandise, re-runs, promotional work, and recording overtime involved. She apparently was obliged to do 100 Dora promo events without pay, except a $40 daily per diem. Nickelodeon says this was for incidental expenses, and that she received first class hotels, air travel, and ground travel.
Nickelodeon reps allegedly pressured her parents into signing a $5115 an episode contract, half-an-hour after first seeing it, without giving time to consult with lawyers.
The company replied in a statement, saying she was "well-compensated" for both work and personal appearances, and that her voice changed soon after casting. Her lawyers say she isn't wanting her job back, just
14-year-old Caitlin Sanchez voiced Dora from 2008 to 2010, after winning an audition of 600 girls who tried out for the part. She received 2009 and 2010 NAACP Image Award nominations, and nominations for the Imagen Foundation Award in 2009.