"On Wednesday, Outten & Golden LLP, the law firm that has made a name for itself seeking pay for unpaid interns, said in a court filing that its clients settled their suit against NBCUniversal for $6.4 million." - Ellen Rosen, "NBC, Interns Settle," in Bloomberg. Here you can read the article.
To experts in labor law, the issue of unpaid interns was always a precarious one. It was obvious that most employers were not observing the letter or the spirit of laws which guided this use of free labor. In addition, many who wanted jobs in glam industries like television decried that these interns were taking that opportunity from them.
On the other hand, the experience could be valuable for interns who were shrewd about figuring out the game and making contacts. After all, they were getting an inside look.
Because of these kinds of lawsuits organizations such as Conde Nast have discontinued all interns programs.
Now Outten & Golden might focus on other forms of exploitation. For example, there are glam digital publications which publish writers' work without compensation. There are also those who mandate unpaid sample articles and unpaid tests as part f the hiring process. Since so many many people are involved in those seeming scams, there could be myriad class-action lawsuits.