Huffington Post faces suit for 'concept theft'

Huffington and Lerer dismissed claims as "pure fantasy".

Two US Democratic political consultants on Monday sued The Huffington Post, accusing the news and content aggregation site of stealing their concept for the creation of the website.

Peter Daou and James Boyce said they had conceived a website which would feature blogs by prominent people, have news aggregation, original reporting and online community-building.

The duo has also claimed that the founders Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer used their ideas to raise money and develop the site, but cut the consultants out before it was launched.

Huffington and Lerer dismissed the claims in the suit as "pure fantasy" while adding that the complainants had absolutely nothing to do with creating, running, financing, or building the Huffington Post.

However, a note on Boyce "bio" in The Huffington Post reads: "...a frequent on-air guest on MSNBC, James has been involved in the Huffington Post since the very first meeting in Arianna's living room."