The courtroom battle that all Hollywood had been waiting for may have been shelved - but there is still more than enough dinner-party gossip to go round. The long-awaited lawsuit by Jeffrey Katzenberg against his old employer, the Disney company, was partly settled at the eleventh hour before a high-profile mud-slinging trial could embarrass everyone in the courtroom. Tongues are still wagging from Los Angeles to New York as to how much Mr Katzenberg - who now heads the DreamWorks studio with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen - will win from his two-year battle against friend-turned-arch enemy, Disney chairman Michael Eisner. Mr Katzenberg quit Disney in disgust in 1994 after he was passed over for the number-two job, and filed a US$250 million (HK$1.93 billion) lawsuit claiming that the company was denying him two per cent of the huge profits from some his successful projects, including The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. In response, Disney was set to claim that while Mr Katzenberg did preside over the hugely-profitable animated features, he also produced a number of box-office flops. But what most observers were looking forward to hearing in testimony was the inside dirt on Disney's finances, which the highly secretive firm has always tried to keep from the public eye. While Mr Katzenberg had spent about US$10 million assembling the most powerful legal team in Los Angeles, his DreamWorks partners were fearful their own corporate secrets would be dragged through the mud by Disney's attorneys. Insiders say they pressed Mr Katzenberg to settle. But now there is a chance that arbitration will decide the case. Most pundits are betting Mr Katzenberg could get up to US$100 million.