Arianna Huffington Loses Ruling In Fight Over HuffPo Concept

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Is Queen Arianna Huffington a thief? A jury will make the determination.

A lawsuit filed by Peter Daou and James Boyce — both former advisers to the 2004 Kerry-Edwards campaign say in their suit that the Huffington Post was in fact, their idea and Huffington stole it from them, will get to go forward after a New York judge refused to throw out the lawsuit.

Daou says he wrote a memo about a “new kind of Democratic news-reporting website and blogging ‘ring’ or collective” but that Huffington stole the idea and cut him out of the loop before she launched the Huffington Post in May of 2005.

Huffington and co-founder Ken Lerer filed to dismiss the suit but state judge Charles Ramos ruled yesterday that the plaintiffs could continue with their claim under a New York law that allows people to sue if someone steals an idea that is both novel and concrete. In the ruling, the judge noted that Huffington appeared to have conceded that the idea was indeed a new one when she told Playboy in 2006, “There’s a tremendous advantage in being the first with something. We were the first hybrid of news and group blog.”

Judge Ramos found that the plaintiffs had raised enough questions about the origin of the Huffington Post for the issue to be decided at a trial. The ruling may also increase the pressure on Huffington to settle the case before further details about the origins of her site are put before a jury.

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6 Responses to Arianna Huffington Loses Ruling In Fight Over HuffPo Concept

  1. Insouciant says:

    How many lawsuits does this make? I recall at least two previous cases.

    Her $100 million dollars booty from selling HuffPoop to AOL after federal and states taxes and the cost of these mounting lawsuits could be widdled down to $500,000 by the time it’s all over.

    Perhaps Queen Arianna should’ve kept control of the company she once operated?

  2. Rachel says:

    I never understood the left’s embrace of Huffington. I always found her to be a ruthless, smarmy and intellectually overrated figure whose real talent is marrying wealthy men, turning them gay and upon divorce, obtaining a generous separation settlement. Haven’t society women been doing this for at least 200 years?

  3. okjimm says:

    Hey Christopher…. off topic…. like I usually am… but a friend on another blog

    has a great post on fighting homophobia and an especially poignant link to a kid… who is fighting back against FB hate

    .. it is something I think your readers can support….. all folks, gay or not, need to be concerned …


  4. Harry says:

    I never trusted Arianna. I have had many arguments with women about her liberal bona fides but I simply don’t trust her. She’s an opportunist.

  5. The Real Adam says:

    Huffington should settle. Fighting this in court will be a disaster.

    If Peter Daou and James Boyce prevail, the damages could wipe her out. The best thing for all parties is a settlement. It’s done all the time and saves face and dollars.

  6. Rusty Shackelford says:

    All of this may very well be true…but you’ve got to admitt she was great on Green Acres.

    “The chores?The stores?…..darling I love you,but give me Park Ave.”

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