Unpaid bloggers sue Huffington Post for $105m
BLOGGERS are suing Arianna Huffington and America Online for $105 million, reckoning their unpaid work generated a third of the $315 million for which the former sold the Huffington Post to the latter.
Prominent among those launching the "class action" on behalf of 9000 Huffington Post contributors is Jonathan Tasini - lead plaintiff against the New York Times in a case that led to a settlement offer for a net $11 million. A note of caution, though: the Tasini -v- Times case has been to the US Supreme Court twice since 1995 and the settlement is still not settled, with some objectors saying itís not nearly enough.
Those objectorsí latest move is to point out to the courts the similarities between the Tasini settlement and the Google Books settlement, rejected by Judge Denny Chin in New York on 22 March.
The US Newspaper Guild, the union that represents staff journalists, joined in the call for an "oh-no-this-is-not-a-strike, Your Honor" action, it being pretty much illegal for freelances to strike in the US.