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Published on March 31st, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria


Judge Rules Against Unpaid Huffington Post Bloggers in Suit

huffington posts unpaid bloggers

The unpaid bloggers who took legal action after the Huffington Post was purchased from AOL last year have been dealt a blow in court, after a judge ruled that they should have no expectation of payment despite the massive sum the blog received in the buyout.

In the blogosphere, the Huffington Post was notorious for paying bloggers in “exposure,” a practice many felt was somewhat predatory. The ethical contrast became even more stark when AOL acquired HuffPo for $315 million, and many of the bloggers felt they had been exploited by the site that profited off of their unpaid labor.

Judge John Koeltl in New York did not agree with the bloggers, however, issuing a decision that sided with the Huffington Post and writing:

“Quite simply, the plaintiffs offered a service and the defendants offered exposure in return, and the transaction occurred exactly as advertised… No one forced the plaintiffs to give their work to the Huffington Post for publication and the plaintiffs candidly admit that they did not expect compensation.”

Koeltl opined that the bloggers tried to “change the rules of the game after the game has been played,” and wrote:

“The principles of equity and good conscience do not justify giving the plaintiffs a piece of the purchase price when they never expected to be paid, repeatedly agreed to the same bargain, and went into the arrangement with eyes wide open.”

The suit sought $105 million in compensation from the Huffington Post.



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Kim LaCapria is a writer and editor based in New York. A longtime information junkie, she began blogging full-time at the Inquisitr in 2009. Prior to that, she worked as a marketing assistant in the cosmetics and skincare industry. In addition to her writing for fortytwotimes, she also writes for Medacity and The Inquisitr. Kim is also a contributor for SocialNewsDaily, Indyposted, and TotallyMoney. In the past, she contributed to Lipstick and Luxury and managed social media accounts and blogs for several small and mid-sized businesses.

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