This case seems oddly familiar to the plot of the movie "The Social Network."

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Ramos has ruled the lawsuit may proceed in the case against The Huffington Post founders for allegedly stealing the concept for their website.

Two Democratic consultants, Peter Daou and James Boyce, are alleging The Huffington Post founders Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer had promised to include them in the development of the site.

Lawyers for Huffington and Lerer had asked for a dismissal of the case, but their request was denied. 

Judge Charles Ramos has decided to allow the misappropriation and breach of contract counts to stand, and discovery may commence. He did not rule on the six other claims.

In February, 2011, AOL announced the purchase of The Huffington Post for $315 million.

Daou and Boyce said back in 2004 they participated in numerous meetings, conversations and emails regarding to formation of the online news organization. They claims they were then excluded from the project, and they never received andy credit or compensation for their contributions.

Huffington's attorneys counter by saying the parties never agreed to a deal with the defendants.