According to the summons, Bolling has accused Ali of injuring his reputation through "the intentional and/or highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about [his] conduct and character". "I stand by my reporting [and] will protect my sources".
The summons, which was filed Wednesday in NY state court, says Bolling is seeking both damages and injunctive relief arising from Ali's efforts to injure his reputation through "intentional and/or highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements" about his conduct and character.
In his article for HuffPost, Ali noted that Bolling had mercilessly criticized former congressman Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., after he became embroiled in a sexting controversy starting in 2013.
In addition to HuffPost, Ali writes for Mother Jones and NY magazines. Asked for comment about the lawsuit, a Fox News spokesperson did not provide further comment other than noting he is still suspended.
Last week, Ali wrote Bolling sent unsolicited lewd text messages to three women at Fox News and Fox Business in a story citing 14 anonymous sources.
Eric Bolling, left, and Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali.
Despite the attack on the integrity of his reporting and the whopper of a lawsuit, Ali completed his reaction on Twitter by saying that he won't stop reporting "on Eric Bolling or anyone else".
HuffPost also said it had "no hesitation" to financially stand by Ali, who is a paid freelancer under contract with the news organization.
It's been just over a year since former Fox host Gretchen Carlson sent shock waves through the network by suing then-CEO Roger Ailes.
Fox News suspended Bolling the day after the allegations were made public and launched an investigation into the claims.
Bolling was a co-host of "The Five", Fox's weekday roundtable, and when "The Five" was moved to 9 p.m.in the spring, Bolling stayed at 5 p.m.as the leader of a new show called "The Specialists".
'My only surprise is that it took this long for people to come forward about Bolling's behavior, which has been wildly inappropriate for years, ' she wrote.