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Huffington Post does not have to pay $105 million to unpaid disgruntled bloggers

Arianna Huffington

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Editorial director of the French version of the Huffington Post's news website Anne Sinclair, right, and co-founder of "the Huffington Post" Arianna Huffington, left, chat as they give a press conference for the launch of the website, in Paris, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a class-action lawsuit Friday that claimed that the Huffington Post unjustly profited from their work. The bloggers wanted a piece of the $315 million purchase price that AOL paid for the popular blog.

U.S. District Judge John Koeltl agreed with AOL's lawyers that the bloggers were never promised any money for writing for the site, and they gained exposure with the opportunity to write for a large audience.

"No one forced the plaintiffs to give their work to The Huffington Post for publication and the plaintiffs candidly admit that they did not expect compensation," Koeltl said in his opinion. "The principles of equity and good conscience do not justify giving the plaintiffs a piece of the purchase price when they never expected to be paid, repeatedly agreed to the same bargain, and went into the arrangement with eyes wide open."

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