Warner Music Group Settles Lawsuit Over Unpaid Interns
A deal to end litigation is expected to cover thousands who formerly worked at the music company.
Warner Music Group has now become the largest music company to resolve litigation over its past internship programs. On Thursday, the attorney for the plaintiffs wrote a letter to the judge announcing that the substantive terms had been agreed upon by the parties.
The lawsuit was a consolidated action brought by lead plaintiffs Kyle Grant, who interned at Warner Bros. Records from August 2012 to April 2013, and Justin Henry, who worked at WMG subsidiary Atlantic Recording Corp. between October 2007 and May 2008.
Last May, the plaintiffs, represented by attorneys at Virginia & Ambinder and Leeds Brown, got a green light from the judge to put out a class-action notice to an estimated 3,000 other individuals who might be covered by the claims of labor violations.
The settlement will cover the class. The amount being paid by WMG hasn't been revealed yet but will be by March 9, when the parties are expected to seek the judge's preliminary approval.
WMG joins other companies, including NBCU, Viacom and ICM, that have come to settlement agreements in the last few months.
Meanwhile, Fox is still fighting a summary judgment loss over its lawsuits at an appeals court and new lawsuits over internships continue to arrive on the court docket.
On Jan. 26, represented by the same lawyers who fought the battle against WMG, Allyson Kocivar brought a lawsuit on behalf of herself and other similarly situated against Wenner Media, parent company of Us Weekly and Rolling Stone magazines. Also that day, Camille Demere filed a proposed class-action against CBS Corporation and CBS Radio.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.