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Posts Tagged ‘James Boyce’

Case Debating Ownership of HuffPost Moves Forward

Peter Daou and James Boyce, former advisors for John Kerry, just cleared a hurdle in their push to show that they had the initial idea for Huffington Post, and that Arianna Huffington and Ken Lerer cut them out of it and launched the site without them. The claim was first filed in 2010, but a ruling by a New York judge is moving it forward.

The judge allowed the idea theft, fraud and unjust enrichment claims to move ahead, essentially giving some credence to what Daou and Boyce have been saying.

A snippet of the judge’s ruling:

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Emails Unveil New Details Regarding HuffPo Origins, Allege Cover-Up

Peter Daou and James Boyce, former advisers to John Kerry, have amended their lawsuit against Arianna Huffington that claims she stole the idea for The Huffington Post from them. Forbes reports that the original complaint was filed in 2010, but new emails allegedly show Huffington and her business partner Ken Lerer were asking others to work on the site, while leading Daou and Boyce on. A snippet from the new charge:

[A]t the same time as Huffington and Lerer were soliciting Boyce’s and Daou’s ideas and plans, telling them that they were building together what would become The Huffington Post, and shaking hands with Boyce and Daou in a manifestation of their business relationship, we now know that Huffington and Lerer were secretly sending Plaintiffs’ ideas to other individuals and developing their own business venture… while excluding them from ownership and control.

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New York Judge Allows Lawsuit Against Huffington Post to Proceed

On Tuesday, a judge refused to throw out a lawsuit by two political consultants, Peter Daou and James Boyce, who allege that The Huffington Post’s founders stole the idea for the online news website from them, Fox News reports.

The two sued Arianna Huffington‘s site in November 2010, alleging they had originally come up with the plan for the site’s “blend of blogs by prominent contributors, news aggregation and original content.” Huffington Post denied this, and also pointed out that it was odd that both consultants waited six years before speaking up. But if the whole thing sounds like a stretch to you, it didn’t to the judge, who denied a motion by Huffington Post lawyers to dismiss the lawsuit. It’s now time for fact-finding and discovery.

Politicos Suing Arianna Huffington for Stealing HuffPo Idea

Arianna Huffington and business partner Ken Lerer are being sued by two Democratic consultants for allegedly stealing the idea for the Huffington Post. Peter Daou and James Boyce allege that they were in very initial meetings with Huffington and Lerer over the creation of the site, and that they had a handshake agreement to work together.

The suit alleges Daou and Boyce convinced Huffington Democrats needed “a system [for] pushing the message, not just for fundraising.” An idea that gave birth to HuffPo.

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