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Legal Blog ‘Above The Law’ Sued for $50 Million Over Rape Story

Popular legal industry gossip blog Above The Law and its parent company, Breaking Media, are being sued by Chicago attorney Meanith Huon, reports Forbes Mixed Media, for an erroneous blog post about rape that allegedly destroyed Huon’s reputation.

The author, Elie Mystal, linked to a story about Huon, who was arrested and charged with sexual assault (he was acquitted of all charges ultimately). But then Mystal linked to two other articles, one about Huon being charged with sexual assault and another about him being charged with cyber-stalking, making it seem like there were three separate instances (which was what Mystal probably thought had occurred).

Problem was that all three articles were actually about the same victim and incident. So Huon is suing Above The Law for making him look like a serial alleged sex-offender, instead of just a one-time alleged sex offender. For $50 million.

Yeah, that strikes us as optimistic as well. But you know lawyers, they love to sue. Huon, representing himself in the case, is also seeking control of Above The Law’s web domain (would be amazing if this worked out for him), and is also suing Madison Country for $130 million in a separate suit.

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Team Behind DealBreaker Takes On Accounting Industry

Breaking Media, the publisher of trade blogs DealBreaker, Above The Law and Fashionista, have launched a new venture, Going Concern, an online tabloid for accountants, CFOs and members of the business finance community.

Our colleagues at WebNewser have the scoop:

The company said Going Concern will focus on the “Big Four” accounting firms, smaller accounting firms and chief financial officers from major companies, offering original news and insider analysis. Subject matter will include budgeting and reporting; corporate finance and tax; cost management as a political priority; governance; risk and compliance; and cash management.

Going Concern’s founding editor is Caleb Newquist, a former KPMG auditor and tax accountant and who has blogged about the accounting profession at The 10-Key Tramp since 2008.

Fashionista.com Editor Departs

1027natalie-hormilla2_fa.jpgNatalie Hormilla is leaving Fashionista.com, the fashion site she edited. According to a goodbye email, she has no plans other than “spending a lot of time up in glorious Vermont through the end of summer/fall” and then returning to New York.

Breaking Media, the company that owns Fashionista along with Dealbreaker, Above the Law and Edificial, is seeking Hormilla’s replacement. Associate editor Britt Aboutaleb will helm the site for the near future.

Her farewell email after the jump.

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Above the Law Has a New Idol!

avatar Sophist ATL Idol.jpgWe told you last month that David Lat was stepping down as Above the Law‘s editor-in-chief and that the powers that be over there were in the process of choosing someone to fill his shoes. Well in keeping with the theme of the season (be it television or presidential) ATL decided to let its readers choose their next leader (also known as, “a mass of angry anonymous commenters, looking for someone new with whom to have a love-hate relationship”).

Apparently, ATL narrowed the applicants down to the top six (some of whom stayed anonymous so that they could keep their day jobs) and then foisted them on the readers who got vote on a weekly basis based on the candidates performance in varying assignments. There was also a panel of “celebrity” judges (Ann Althouse, Tom Goldstein, and Dahlia Lithwick). Could this be the first reality blogging contest ever? Simon Cowell should take note! Anyway, with almost 1900 votes cast it seems they have found themselves a winner! Sophist, who will be introducing himself shortly is expected to take over the reins sometime next month.

Above the Law Blogger Moving Below 14th Street

DavidLat.jpgStart spreading the news. The BLT (Blog of Legal Times) is reporting that Above the Law blogger David Lat is coming our way. The former Underneath Their Robes anona-blogger is moving up the Breaking Media food chain, all the way to its Soho offices, to oversee all three of Breaking Media’s blogs, including ATL, Dealbreaker, and Fashionista, as well as, help “develop and launch new ones.” Lat says he will still contribute to ATL but that the tone of the blog will primarily depend on who they hire to take over. As to who will be filling his shoes, Lat tells us that they’re “still working” on finding his replacement, but that the “search is in the final stages” and they should have a new editor sometime next month.

In terms of the new blogs Lat will be working on, he tells FishbowlNY their content is “still under discussion.” However! “Should FishbowlNY readers have ideas, they should feel free to contact us! I can be reached through the contact info on Above the Law.” Hear that readers? Here’s your chance for media fame and fortune! Or something like that (does a semi-active Google alert count?).