Conde Nast Settles, MTV Intern Suit Moving Forward

Conde Nast's parent company, Advance Publications, is in the process of settling the lawsuit it is facing in connection with two former interns. However, as of now, a former MTV intern's proposed class action lawsuit against the network and its parent company Viacom is set to move forward. According to a recent ruling in the Southern District of New York, United States District Judge Jesse M. Furman held that the company's interns from the previous three years are eligible to join the lawsuit, filed by Casey O'Jeda this past January.

According to O'Jeda's complaint, he worked on MTV's mobile website typically three days a week for seven or eight hours a day from September 2011 through January 2012, performing tasks such as updating and rebooting the MTV's mobile website, coding, creating weekly spreadsheets and program designs. He claims that MTV violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York labor laws (the common claims underlying the array of unpaid internship lawsuits we have seen over the past couple of years).

Now that a whole class of interns is eligible to join O'Jeda's suit, MTV stands to lose a lot more, and it wouldn't be surprising if the networks settles the matter out of court in the near future. More to come ...