NBCUniversal has decided to make the historic step of settling claims of violating labor laws through its unpaid internship program by agreeing to pay $6.4 million.
The settlement marks the most significant development since a federal judge ruled in June 2013 that Fox Searchlight was the “employer” of two former interns who had worked on the film Black Swan. That ruling set off a wave of lawsuits against entertainment and media companies, and while Fox has appealed the summary judgment to the 2nd Circuit, NBCU won’t wait for any appellate interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan has issued the long-awaited injunction over Aereo, the upstart service that once promised to pry open the delivery of television signals so that customers could access the major networks on digital devices.
In a ruling on Thursday, she writes that “in light of the Supreme Court’s holding, Plaintiffs have demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits, and Aereo has not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of its novel affirmative defenses.”
The injunction enjoins Aereo from “streaming, transmitting, retransmitting, or otherwise publicly performing any Copyrighted Program over the Internet (through websites such as aereo.com), or by means of
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NBCUniversal has agreed to settle claims brought by former interns who claimed they were required to work without pay on shows such as “Saturday Night Live” in violation of labor laws.
If approved, the $6.4 million settlement will pay the lead plaintiff, former “Saturday Night Live” intern Monet Eliastam, $10,000, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Thousands of other former NBC interns covered by the settlement will be paid an estimated $505 if they decide to opt for the settlement instead of pursuing their own claims against the company.
What led up to the settlement?
1. Breathalyzer Wasn’t Calibrated.
This isn’t a rare approach — it just rarely works. Like all scientific measures, a blood-alcohol reading has a margin of error. And if the machines used to measure one’s BAC aren’t properly calibrated, it widens that margin of error.
Of course, cops know this. Lab technicians know this. As do lawyers. Think of this as something your lawyer might look into, just in case, but the odds are extremely slim that the local police department forgot to calibrate the machine. (However, it has been known to happen.)
2. Rising Blood Alcohol Content.
This defense, on the other hand, isn’t as rare, though it only applies in a handful of cases.
Let’s say you’ve been drinking — say, you slammed five beers on a full stomach. The food, and the
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