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'Black Swan' battle continues


While "Black Swan" amazed audiences during 2010 and was well represented at the 2011 Academy Awards, its latest on-goings have not been as pleasant.

Recently, two former interns at Fox Searchlight, which distributed the film, sued the company, claiming they did not receive minimum wage and were not paid overtime while they worked on the movie.

Representatives from Fox recently responded to the lawsuit, publicly announcing the claims of these interns were "completely meritless, aimed solely at getting press coverage for the litigants and their attorneys."

The representatives also explained that the two plaintiffs were not retained by Fox Searchlight, nor did they even work for the studio, but rather, the production company that made the film well before Fox acquired the movie.

Regardless of the case's outcome, the situation highlights the importance of companies adhering to industry and state regulations in regards to paying minimum wage and overtime dues. Failure to do so may result in similar professional liability lawsuits. 

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