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Viacom Settles Class-Action Intern Lawsuit

Complaint was filed in 2013

Viacom has made nice with a former intern who had sued the company.

The company has settled a lawsuit filed by Casey Ojeda, according to a letter sent to U.S. district judge Jesse M. Furman by Ojeda’s attorney, Lloyd Ambinder, on Dec. 31.

“I write on behalf of counsel for all parties to inform the Court that the parties have reached an agreement in principle on settlement of this matter,” Ambinder wrote.

The attorney added that a “number of material terms need to be reconciled,” and asked that the court refer the case to a magistrate judge for a settlement conference.

Ojeda filed his lawsuit against MTV and Viacom in August 2013. He claimed to have worked for the defendants from September 2011 to January 2012, typically three days a week for seven or eight hours a day. Ojeda performed tasks such as updating and rebooting the defendants’ mobile website, coding, creating weekly spreadsheets and program design, according to the complaint.

Ojeda received no wages in exchange for the work, the suit said.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.