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By Geisa Balla

A former Harper's Bazaar intern filed a putative class action lawsuit in the Southern District of New York on February 1, 2012, alleging that parent company the Hearst Corporation violated federal and state wage and hour laws by not paying her while she worked there full time. The lawsuit seeks to join hundreds of unpaid interns at Hearst Corporation in the class. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff, an Ohio State University graduate, was an intern at Harper's Bazaar from August 2011 to December 2011, where she worked between 40 and 55 hours a week, and was not paid for her work. The complaint states: "Employers' failure to compensate interns for their work, and the prevalence of the practice nationwide, curtails opportunities for employment, fosters class divisions between those who can afford to work for no wage and those who cannot, and indirectly contributes to rising unemployment."


Britain's Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") ruled on February 1, 2012, that a magazine advertisement for L'Oréal's Revitalift Repair 10, featuring actress Rachel Weisz, "misleadingly exaggerates the performance of the product," and must not appear again in its current form. WWD.com (Women's Wear Daily) reported: "The ASA said that the ad was misleading in relation to the claim that the product made skin look smoother and the complexion look more even, as the committee believed Weisz's image had "been altered in a way that substantially changed her complexion to make it appear smoother and more even." The ASA also told L'Oréal not to continue to use postproduction techniques that could misrepresent a product's claims."

In its response, L'Oréal attributed the quality of the image not necessarily to post-production, but to the lighting and techniques of the photography.


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