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Interns Dismissal

Interns Dismissal

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PROSKAUER ROSE LLPElise M. BloomAmy F. MelicanEleven Times Square New York, NY 10036Ph: 212.969.3000/Fax: 212.969.2900ebloom@proskauer.comamelican@proskauer.com
 Attorneys for Defendants
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - XERIC GLATT, ALEXANDER FOOTMAN,EDEN ANTALIK, and KANENE GRATTS, on behalf of themselves and all others similarlysituated,Plaintiffs,v.FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES, INC., andFOX ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, INC.,Defendants.:::::::::::::- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - XCivil Action No. 11 CV 6784(WHP)ECF Case
MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT OFDEFENDANTS’ MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT
Case 1:11-cv-06784-WHP-AJP Document 94 Filed 02/15/13 Page 1 of 34
 
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PageI. GRATTS’ CLAIMS ARE TIME-BARRED.......................................................................2II. THE PRODUCTION INTERNS’ CLAIMS SHOULD BE DISMISSEDBECAUSE, AS A MATTER OF LAW, THE PRODUCTION INTERNS WERE NEVER EMPLOYED BY SEARCHLIGHT......................................................................6A. Footman and Glatt’s Claims Based on Their Internships on
 Black Swan
Should Be Dismissed...............................................................................................61. Applicable Tests to Determine “Joint Employer” Status Under theFair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law..................................62. Footman and Glatt Were Never Employed by Searchlight.........................9B. Footman and Glatt, as a Matter of Law, Cannot Satisfy the “FormalControl” Test..........................................................................................................101. Searchlight Did Not Have the Power to Hire or Fire Footman or Glatt............................................................................................................102. Searchlight Did Not Supervise or Control Schedules or Conditionsof Footman or Glatt’s Employment...........................................................123. Searchlight Did Not Determine Footman or Glatt’s Rate of Pay or Method of Payment....................................................................................144. Searchlight Did Not Maintain Employment Records for Footmanor Glatt.......................................................................................................15C. Footman and Glatt, As a Matter of Law, Cannot Satisfy the “FunctionalControl” Test..........................................................................................................151. Searchlight Did Not Provide Premises or Equipment to Footman or Glatt............................................................................................................162. Lake of Tears Did Not Shift as a Unit.......................................................163. Footman and Glatt Did Not Perform Discrete Jobs That WereIntegral to Searchlight................................................................................174. Lake of Tears Is Not Fungible and Responsibility Could Not Passto Another Without Material Changes.......................................................185. Searchlight Did Not Supervise Footman or Glatt’s Activities...................19
Case 1:11-cv-06784-WHP-AJP Document 94 Filed 02/15/13 Page 2 of 34
 
 ii6. Exclusive or Predominant Engagement by Searchlight Is NotEnough to Satisfy the “Functional Control” Test......................................197. Additional Evidence Also Establishes That the “FunctionalControl” Test Is Not Satisfied....................................................................20D. Gratts was Engaged by Palmera Productions and was Never Employed bySearchlight.............................................................................................................21E. As a Matter of Law, There is No Basis for Finding that Any of theProduction Interns on
Our Family Wedding 
,
Cedar Rapids
,
The Savages
,
500 Days of Summer 
or 
 Black Swan
Were Employed by Searchlight...................23III. ANTALIK WAS NEVER EMPLOYED BY FEG AND THE CLAIMSAGAINST FEG SHOULD BE DISMISSED....................................................................25A. As a Matter of Law, FEG Was Not Antalik’s Employer Because None of the Factors of the Formal Control Test Are Satisfied............................................26B. As a Matter of Law, FEG Was Not Antalik’s Employer Because None of the Factors of the “Functional Control” Test Are Satisfied...................................27
Case 1:11-cv-06784-WHP-AJP Document 94 Filed 02/15/13 Page 3 of 34

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