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Judge: lawsuit claiming HuffPost idea was stolen may proceed

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

imageA New York judge has ruled that a lawsuit claiming Arianna Huffington and her business partner stole the idea for the Huffington Post has enough merit to go to trial. Arianna and partner Ken Lerer had asked for a dismissal but the judge ruled that plaintiffs Peter Daou and James Boyce, former staffers at the 2004 Kerry-Edwards campaign, can sue under a New York law that allows people to sue if someone steals an idea, PaidContent says:
Daou says he penned 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.
Noted: PaidContent says “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.”

Add: Make that a double dose of bad legal news for HuffPost. The New York Times threatens to sue unless HuffPost drops the title of its Parentlode blog, saying it rips off NYT’s Motherlode.
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