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:
Plaintiffs have adequately alleged that defendants took the information that plaintiffs provided, secretly shared it with another person, camouflaged the origin to make it appear as it came from that other person and, in effect, stole the idea and developed it with that other person.
As has been the case since the original claim was filed, Huffington and Lerer again denied the accusations. “As we have said from day one, there is no merit to these allegations, a HuffPost spokesperson told PaidContent. “They are make believe. With this ruling, we will now be able to move for summary judgment and lay out the actual evidence in this case. We look forward to the opportunity to present the full record to the court.”