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The Fashion Law Exclusive – Just on the heels of Hearst’s big win against a group of former interns, Advance Publications, the parent company of Condé Nast, was slapped with a class action lawsuit by two former interns. According to the complaint, which was filed on Thursday in the Southern District of New York, by Lauren Ballinger and Matthew Leib, the unpaid interns plaintiffs worked at W Magazine and The New Yorker, and are claiming that Advance (by way of its subsidiary magazines) violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York State Labor Law by misclassifying them as interns (as opposed to entry-level employees) and thus, failing to pay them.

As of now, there aren’t any ex-Vogue intern plaintiffs, but, if certified as a class action, the pool of plaintiffs would likely expand to former Vogue interns, as Vogue is owned by Condé Nast. In order to prevail, this group of plaintiffs, who are being represented by Outten & Golden, will have to do a better job showing that there was some uniformity amongst the interns at Advance Publications’ magazine, as this was the element that the Hearst interns failed to prove. More to come …