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ICM Settles Unpaid Intern Lawsuit

The two sides reached agreement Tuesday

ICM Partners settled a class-action lawsuit Tuesday filed by former unpaid interns, for an undisclosed amount of money.

The case was brought by plaintiffs Kimberly Behzadi and Jason Rindenau, who worked at ICM in 2012 and 2011, respectively. The lawsuit, filed in the District Court of the Southern District of New York, sought north of $5 million in damages from the talent agency.

Initially seeking a jury trial, the plaintiffs agreed to engage in a private mediation on Oct 23, scheduling a session before Dina Jansenson on Dec 15. The suit alleged ICM did not properly compensate its unpaid interns, who were owed at least minimum wage compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which does not have an exception for interns.

On Dec 23, both parties sent a joint letter to Judge Lorna G. Schofield announcing they’ve reached agreement on key terms of a settlement. The document, obtained by TheWrap, did not disclose the amount of the settlement.

“We write jointly with Defendant to inform the Court that the parties have agreed to the key terms of a settlement that they intend to submit to the Court for its approval after they draft and sign a comprehensive settlement agreement,” wrote Rachel Bien on behalf of the plaintiffs. “The parties respectfully request the Court stay all current deadlines pending their submission of a motion for preliminary settlement approval.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.