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Huffington Post, Blogging And That Lawsuit.

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Huffington Post was recently sold to AOL for a considerable sum, about $300 million.

Such an amount of money was bound to cause problems, as bloggers, who made the HuffPost what it is today consider the issues.

The Raw News has the story:

“WASHINGTON — Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, has dismissed as “utterly without merit” a lawsuit filed against the website claiming compensation for unpaid bloggers.

Huffington, who sold The Huffington Post to AOL two months ago for $315 million, said the vast majority of contributors to her news and opinion site are happy to do so for free because of the exposure it gives them.

Jonathan Tasini, a freelance journalist, sued The Huffington Post on Tuesday and is demanding at least $105 million for unpaid bloggers on the grounds that they should be compensated for the value they have created for the website.

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.

Huffington, in a blog post late Wednesday, said the lawsuit is so “utterly without merit” that she is “hesitant to take any time away from aggregating adorable kitten videos to respond.”

The kitten reference is a jibe at Bill Keller, the executive editor of The New York Times, who called Huffington recently the “queen of aggregation” and said part of the appeal of her site is its “adorable kitten videos.” “

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15/04/2011 at 00:27