AOL wins, bloggers lose over HuffPo payment suit


Salon Staff
March 30, 2012 10:54PM (UTC)

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York says that the Huffington Post and its parent company, AOL, don't have to pay bloggers who provide content for the website.

U.S. District Judge John Koeltl dismissed a lawsuit that bloggers filed last year, saying they were unjustly denied compensation for their work.

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The bloggers were seeking class-action status for the lawsuit. The lawsuit was prompted by AOL Inc.'s $315 million purchase of the Huffington Post last year. The bloggers claimed that the website unjustly profited from their work, promising only exposure.

In dismissing the suit, the judge says the bloggers knew from the start that they wouldn't be paid and could have taken their work elsewhere.


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