Executives at the union alleged Daniels' company, Lee Daniels Entertainment, failed to pay residuals or make pension and health benefits contributions for the 2005 movie Shadowboxer, which featured Cuba Gooding, Jr., Helen Mirren and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

The Empire creator faced a confidential arbitration over the dispute in 2009, and, in 2011, bosses at the union were awarded $335,000.

Last month (Dec15), they asked a judge to confirm the award before the four-year statute of limitations expired and on 4 January (16), their request was granted. However, they were denied funds for lawyers fees.

Daniels never responded to the lawsuit and the case was closed the same day, according to Bossip.com.