Freelance journalist sues Huffington Post for unpaid blog use

April 13th, 2011 - 8:28 am ICT by ANI  

New York, Apr. 13 (ANI): A freelance journalist has sued The Huffington Post for not paying bloggers for the value they created for the website, which America On Line (AOL) bought for 315 million dollars.

Jonathan Tasini, the lead plaintiff in the suit filed with a US District Court in New York, is demanding at least 105 million dollars in damages for The Huffington Post’s uncompensated writers and other content providers, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Tasini is seeking to have the suit accepted as a class action representing more than 9,000 writers and others who contributed material to The Huffington Post for free since it was launched six years ago.

The complaint has been lodged against Huffington Post co-founders Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer, along with new owner AOL. It accuses The Huffington Post of deceptive trade practices and unjust enrichment.

Huffington Post spokesman Mario Ruiz dismissed the lawsuit as “wholly without merit.”

The Newspaper Guild, a union of US media workers with 26,000 members, urged Huffington Post contributors last month to stop providing free content to the news and opinion website.

The Huffington Post has attracted a strong following — nearly 25 million unique visitors a month — to its lively mix of news, entertainment, opinion and blogs submitted by academics, entertainment figures, politicians and others. (ANI)

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