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Huffington Post founder faces legal challenge

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By John Glenday, Reporter

October 28, 2011 | 1 min read

Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, is facing another lawsuit – this time from disgruntled former advisers, over claims that Huffington had stolen the idea behind the Huffington Post.

Peter Daou and James Boyce, advisers to John Kerry during his 2004 presidential campaign, have been given the go ahead to pursue their case in the courts by a New York judge, presenting a headache for Huffington.

The allegations bear similarities to the Winklevoss’s unsuccessful Facebook claim with both alleging that they were first to develop ideas for a “Democratic news-reporting website and blogging ‘ring’ or collective.”

A Post lawsuit said: “Seven out of the eight claims were thrown out. To describe this as any kind of victory is as laughable as their lawsuit.”

Huffington sold the Huffington Post to AOL in January for a whopping $315m, she is now editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group.

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