NEW YORK — A blogger and union activist has filed a lawsuit against AOL and the Huffington Post for not paying freelance bloggers.
Jonathan Tasini’s suit, filed Tuesday, seeks class-action status on behalf of more than 9,000 writers and other content providers and asks for at least $105 million in damages.
The suit names Huffington Post co-founders Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer as defendants. AOL bought the Huffington Post for $315 million last month.
The suit claims the Huffington Post has been “unjustly enriched” by luring contributors with the prospect of exposure but keeping the financial gain from their articles.
An AOL representative did not immediately return messages for comment.
The suit was filed in federal court in New York.