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article imageManhattan judge approves Huffington Post lawsuit

By Stephanie Medeiros     May 26, 2011 in Business
New York - The Huffington Post and its co-founders have been sued by two political consultants who say Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer stole the concept of the liberal news site.
While The Huffington Post is being sued by frustrated bloggers that claim they are due compensation, a judge in Manhattan Supreme Court has decided to allow further investigation for a completely different lawsuit against Huffington Post and its founders on Tuesday.
Two political consultants, Peter Daou and James Boyce, sued the news aggregator in November 2010, reports Paid Content. They are alleging that they talked about their concept with Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer, co-founders of Huffington Post, in 2004 and were "cut out of the deal" when it came time to find funding for the site.
Daou and Boyce are claiming that they first drafted the idea of a left-wing news site, were initially partners and that Huffington Post was to be originally named fourteensixty.com. The two also wrote and contributed to Huffington Post for the past six years.
Arianna Huffington wrote to the two, expressing that their allegations and suing six years after the fact are "ridiculous."
The lawsuit also became a highlight in Vanity Fair in January, reports Business Insider, with a statement saying that "As we’ve said before, it defies reason and human nature, if they really believed they had created the Huffington Post, that they would wait six years before speaking up."
The Huffington Post was sold off to AOL in February for $315 million. This ignited an ex-writer of Huffington Post, Jonathan Tasini, to sue Arianna Hufington, AOL and The Huffington Post on behalf of a group of supposed unpaid bloggers in April, as reported here on Digital Journal.
As with the lawsuit with Tasini, Arianna also wrote it off as frivolous and blatant lies.
Mario Ruiz, the site's spokesman, said about the lawsuit with Daou and Boyce: "We remain confident that we will prevail that the lawsuit has no merit."
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