STILL HUFFING AND PUFFING: The New York Times and Huffington Post Parentlode blog dispute isn’t going away.
Arianna Huffington told New York Magazine in a story published on Monday, “We’re sticking with the name. I’m not changing it.”
This story first appeared in the November 23, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
The Times, which filed a lawsuit on Nov. 4, said it’s not backing down either. “We’re proceeding with the lawsuit,” Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told WWD. In the lawsuit, the Times claimed that the Parentlode blog name constitutes trademark infringement. Lisa Belkin was the author of the Times’ Motherlode blog for three years before she left for The Huffington Post in October and started the Parentlode blog. The Times claimed in its lawsuit that the Parentlode name is a “deliberate attempt to mislead readers into mistakenly believing it was the same blog, albeit with a slightly different name and location.”
The Times sent Huffington a cease-and-desist letter in late October. The Huffington Post then removed its “motherlode” tags from its Parentlode posts but went no farther.
In response, the Times filed the lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in Manhattan earlier this month but The Huffington Post’s parent company, AOL, has not yet been served. A Times spokeswoman did not say when that would happen but said that the Times has “no intention of dropping the suit.”
A Huffington Post spokesman said, “We don’t comment on matters of litigation.”