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Conde Nast Just Learned How Much Interns Are Worth: $5.8 Million

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It’s been said that the internship of today is the job interview of tomorrow.

Very true; however, internships are often the misunderstood placement in any firm these days. Many are post-grad folk looking for exposure, looking for an opportunity to impress, and…well, let’s be honest, they are looking for a check.

They have been living on Ramen noodles and leftovers, because internships are high-demand, high-stress, high-drama positions that could leave you working a full-time agency job. However, when they don’t end up that way, it feels like slave labor. Namely if you weren’t paid.

Conde Nast Publications knows that feeling because 7,500 former indentured servants sued the powerhouse for $5.8 millionAnd they won. 

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Former Partner Sues Canada’s Largest PR Group

Today we learned, via an anonymous source, of a motion filed last month against National Public Relations, the self-described “largest public relations consultancy in Canada.”

The suit is being filed by a Richard Zeidel, who was until recently an SVP/partner at Canadian digital agency Sonic Boom, in which National holds a majority stake (the motion calls National “a power broker in Quebec politics”). The RES PUBLICA Consulting Group, respectively, is the parent company of National.

Here’s a copy of the motion:

In short, it accuses the firm’s parent company of using the defendant to better position itself for a pending merger/acquisition and then pushing him out.

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Van Morrison Settles Dustup with PR Exec Over Alleged ‘Love Child’

Van MorrisonThis morning we learned that the just-resolved defamation dispute between FleishmanHillard EMEA regional president John Saunders and Irish pop singer Van Morrison had more twists than the singer’s own epic “Madame George.” (Though, to be fair, that song only had one.)

Way back in 2009, Van Morrison’s official site posted the announcement that “Gigi and Van Morrison are proud to announce the birth of their first born son, George Ivan Morrison III,” and entertainment news sources attributed the statement to the singer himself. The problem? The baby’s mother was not his wife, former Miss Ireland Michelle Rocca.

The singer claimed the announcement was a hoax, and Saunders — who had worked with Rocca in the past — went on the radio proclaiming the story to be false and claiming that Morrison did not know Gigi.

It’s not clear whether Saunders was paid to give these interviews, but it is clear that Van Morrison did indeed know Gigi.

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Facebook Sues DEA Over Fake Profile Pages

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Facebook has tried, almost to a fault, to protect the identities of its users — as long as they’re real. See, for example, the site’s recent conflict that ended with the network allowing some users who dress as members of the opposite gender to use their stage names online.

The drama was based around fake profiles, which are highly frowned upon in Zuckerberg’s environment.

Recently, Facebook poked the Drug Enforcement Agency because it wants “assurances” that the feds are no longer using fake profile pages to conduct investigations. Read more

To Protect and Serve…Yourself? NYPD Allegedly Steals from Suspect

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FULL DISCLOSURE: I was THIS close to becoming a police officer.

Back when radio and news weren’t paying too well, I spent six years working as a police dispatcher in North Texas. Even taught a little self-defense. However, PR was calling me and I answered. Nonetheless, I love those boys and girls in blue.

No one really knows what those civil heroes deal with on a daily basis. In most cases, the folk who cause drama for the police simply suck. That said, when I see different videos like the one after the jump — which allegedly shows an NYPD officer stealing $1,300 from a suspect – I want to forget all of that.

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Aunt Jemima Sued for $2 Billion by Descendants of the Real ‘Mammy’

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Everyone is up in arms about the NFL team in Washington, and for good reason. Cries of racism have littered the nation’s capital and Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office for months. However, since the Commish is busy tackling an out-of-control crisis issue with domestic violence, #ChangeTheMascot has been shelved for a while.

Another mascot has risen to prominence recently, but it has nothing to do with sports and everything to do with your morning breakfast. Yes, we’re talking about Aunt Jemima.

The bandana-wrapped woman hearkens back to an earlier time in America — a time when people ate together as a family,  talked at the table instead of playing with mobile devices…and had a slave to do everything while they sat there.

Sure, it’s been a while since 1865 but the great-grandsons of the real Aunt Jemima are suing Quaker Oats for $2 billion of the pancake empire. Yes, that’s a lotta dough. (S0rry.)

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APOCALYPSE WATCH: Mom Sues Sperm Bank Over the Race of the Donor

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Meet Jennifer Cramblett of Ohio.

She’s the woman on the right. The woman on the left is her partner Amanda Zinkon. It’s nice to live in a world where we can see what is portrayed as a happy “lesbian couple” and not think twice about it. But this story is a bit more complicated.

The girl in the middle looking all pixelated is Payton, their daughter. She is now the center of an uncomfortable lawsuit. Mom Jennifer decided to sue the sperm bank that inseminated her because the “donation” was from a black man; hence, Payton is biracial.

And wait until you read her reason for the lawsuit…

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Walmart Blames Tracy Morgan for His Own Injuries

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Walmart communications is apparently unfamiliar with the phrase “Don’t kick a man when he’s down.”

Tracy Morgan was not only down — he was almost out. ICYMI: In June, Morgan suffered nearly fatal injuries when Walmart truck crashed into his tour bus on the New Jersey Turnpike. His representatives at PMK*BNC had to tell the public that he would be OK and that he would eventually leave the hospital for an extended stay in physical rehab.

The crash killed the star’s longtime friend, comedian James McNair, and injured the other passengers. Morgan was hospitalized with broken ribs, a broken nose and a broken leg. Of course, Morgan is suing Walmart for negligence and a boat load of cash.

Now, Walmart has chosen to blame the star for the accident.

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Some Woman Sues Disney Because Frozen Was Her ‘Life Story’

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Art imitates life?

Meet Isabella Tanikumi.

She’s a New Jersey-based author who also goes by L. Amy Gonzalez. Still not ringing a bell? What about her 2010 autobiography Living My Truth? We didn’t read it either — and that fact may explain the pending litigation behind this story.

According to CNN Money, Tanikumi has filed a $250 million lawsuit claiming that Disney’s animated film about Princess Anna, her magical sister Elsa and their talking snowman Olaf took elements from her aforementioned 2010 collection of words on paper.

Yes, Frozen was her life story.

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FOX News Loses Copyright Lawsuit Against TVEyes

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Last July, the head honchos at FOX News caught an ill wind blowing about a Connecticut-based company called TVEyes, which was recording snippets of the network and selling it to others. They were like any other media clipping service, but because people used TVEyes’ product to criticize FOX News, Rupert Murdoch wanted to shut ‘em down.

The lawsuit accuses TVEyes of misappropriating “the entirety of the works that Fox News has developed at great expense and to reproduce, to distribute, to publicly perform and/or to publicly display verbatim copies of the works” without authorization.

And in the spirit of Public Enemy, the company decided to “Fight the Power.” Fast forward to yesterday when TVEyes did the unthinkable: They ‘brought the noise’ and beat FOX News.

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