Mike Masnick, the founder of Techdirt, has been named in a libel lawsuit in Massachusetts. The lawsuit is four $15 million and was filed by a representative of Shiva Ayyadurai. It was filed due to claims that Ayyadurai did not invent email, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Charles Harder, a Hollywood attorney known for representing Hulk Hogan against Gawker, is representing Ayyadurai. The lawsuit happened after The Huffington Post published a series of articles detailing the history of email. They claimed Ayyadurai invented email and the articles have been removed from the site.
Masnick responded to the article by running an article entitled, “Why Is Huffington Post Running A Multi-Part Series To Promote The Lies Of A Guy Who Pretended To Invent Email?” the article is still live and credits Ray Tomlinson with a huge role in inventing email.