read the complaint
You only have to read the complaint that was filed to see that it is much more complex than the simplistic view put forward here for 2 main reasons (though there are other aspects to the complaint also). These would seem to have the most grounds for relief;
1. One claim is that the agreement contravenes Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution.
It does seem to on face value. There is precedent to support this claim. If this is the case then the terms of service could???? be completely null and void.
2. It's claimed that the Huff P engaged in deceptive business practices under New York law in procuring services.
I can see this one getting up. Part of the terms of service was Huff P would provide contributors with valuable exposure but;
a. As huff increased the number of contributors, the exposure (thus the value of it) diminished without huff informing the contributors.
b. Although the agreement was Huff P would provide exposure for contributors. The contributors actually drive traffic to the site because huff encouraged writers to promote their articles using their social media accounts and email lists. The contributors provided more exposure for Huff P than Huff P did for contributors, which was not the agreement. In promoting their articles in social media, contributors actually provided Huff P with SEO, increasing their traffic again. So rather than the contributors receiving exposure (promised by Huff P), Huff P was the recipient of exposure (traffic) from the contributors.
c. Huff P told contributors they did not have stats available for individual pages, although they did. This was obviously a tactic so contributors could not assess their true worth to Huff P.