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Huffington Post sued by contributors to Huffington Post

By Melissa Bell
Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington (Joe Corrigan/Getty Image)

Two Democratic consultants have challenged the leading liberal online news site in a court filing that claims the Huffington Post's two founders, Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer, stole the idea for the site.

Huffington and Lerer excluded Peter Daou and James Boyce "from the venture, and claimed credit for the ideas and contributions to the site," the New York Supreme Court documents state.

Politico first reported the suit, which Huffington called "a completely absurd, ludicrous supposition" in a written statement. Huffington said the men tried to work for the brand, but she had decided not to hire them.

Daou and Boyce allege that they came up with an idea for a Web site that would give a liberal conterweight to conservative sites such as the Drudge report. Huffington and Lerer say the site arose from a number of conversations with different people in the wake of the 2004 presidential election.

The two political consultants say they could not file suit earlier than now because a public dispute would have destroyed their livelihood. Daou was an advisor to Hillary Clinton. The case also states that the they "could not believe that Huffington and Lerer would so brazenly exclude them and take their ideas and plans."

Daou and Boyce have written for the Huffington Post as recently as October 7. Boyce's biography on the site reads, "A frequent on-air guest on MSNBC, James has been involved in the Huffington Post since the very first meeting in Arianna's living room."

In 2008, the New York Times estimated the purchase price of the Huffington Post at $200 million.

By Melissa Bell  | November 16, 2010; 10:36 AM ET
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You know, coming up with the Huffington Post isn't like inventing calculus or the laser. It's a pretty obvious idea.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 16, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

so the message to take away from this is to always secretly record any conversation you might have in your living room, so you can prove bounders like these two wrong.

Posted by: katem1 | November 16, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

It's a great big wonderful world and it is nice to have a marketplace of ideas. Lord knows we could use a legitimate media outlet for news that isn't corporate owned and slanted. Why don't they start their own rival website and make an honest living and leave Ariana alone? It's not like an idea to start a website is so unique. It's what Ariana did with the idea that's so unique and successful.

Posted by: SarahBB | November 16, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

George Soros put $1 million in the Huffington Post just before the election. Guess these two want to cash in on that.

Posted by: annnort | November 16, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

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