Bloggers who made unpaid contributions to the Huffington Post before it was bought by AOL for $315m (£193.7m) are sueing the news and comment website for $105m.
Jonathan Tasini, a writer and trade unionist who wrote 250 entries for the news and comment site, is leading the class action because “Huffington bloggers have essentially been turned into modern day slaves on Arianna Huffington’s plantation” and said “people who create content… have to be compensated” for their work.
About 9,000 bloggers wrote for the Post, and their lawyers are arguing that their contributions made up about a third of the sale value of the site.
The Huffington Post said any lawsuit would be “completely baseless”. Its statement read: “Our bloggers utilise our platform to connect and ensure that their ideas and views are seen by as many people as possible. It’s the same reason hundreds of people go on TV shows – to broadcast their views to as wide an audience as possible.”