NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — A longtime Huffington Post blogger has filed a lawsuit against the site, its two co-founders and new owner AOL, seeking $105 million on behalf of himself and 9,000 other unpaid bloggers.
The suit is being led by Jonathan Tasini, a journalist and union organizer, who filed the complaint Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Tasini is seeking class-action status for the case.
Tasini says Arianna Huffington personally invited him to blog for the Huffington Post in 2005, shortly after the site launched. He subsequently wrote 216 unpaid posts for the site, though he stopped blogging after AOL (AOL) agreed to buy it on February 7.
AOL’s $315 million Huffington Post purchase served as the catalyst for the lawsuit. Tasini says HuffPo’s 9,000 unpaid bloggers deserve a large cut of the windfall.
“The value added by the content provided by [the unpaid bloggers] to TheHuffingtonPost.com’s price was at least $105 million, none of which was shared,” the legal complaint says. READ MORE at money.cnn.com