MONSTER GETS NON-EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL CITY DEAL

By: Staff Reports

Competitor HotJobs Retains Listings On Site



Monster.com announced yesterday the launch of co-branded pages on the Digital City network,
but took pains not to call it an exclusive deal. That’s because a contract with competitor
HotJobs.com still stands with Digital City Inc., America Online’s local network of Web sites.



HotJobs signed a $540,000, one-year contract with Digital City last fall to run ads on the
Digital City network, including AOL, Compuserve, and Netscape. But a few weeks later, AOL
announced a $100-million deal making HotJobs competitor Monster.com its exclusive career
search engine. Digital City subsequently cancelled its contract with HotJobs.



On Dec. 23, HotJobs.com filed a lawsuit against Digital City for breach of contract in the
Circuit Court for Fairfax County, Va. Judge R. Terrence Ney issued a preliminary injunction
in early March requiring Digital City to honor its agreement with HotJobs.com. On March 17,
the judge denied a motion from Digital City for a stay of the injunction.



HotJobs says its job listings will continue to appear on the Digital City network. A quick
search of AOL.com by a reporter turned up lots of branding for Monster.com but no mention of
HotJobs.com.


Officials at AOL did not respond to requests for comment, but the

Dulles, Va.-based company recently issued this statement to the

Classified Intelligence Report newsletter: ‘Whatever the ultimate

result of HotJobs.com’s dispute with Digital City, AOL remains committed

to its strategic relationship with Monster.com.’ Monster is paying $100

million for a four-year deal with AOL, which is appealing the judge’s

decision.



In a recent statement, Monster.com parent TMP Worldwide Inc. said, ‘TMP

continues to believe that the preliminary injunction granted in the

lawsuit between HotJobs and Digital City will have no effect on TMP?s

rights to supply the career search services across seven AOL brands ?’



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