Dr. Phil's production company is suing Gawker Media over its use of an interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man behind the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax.
The suit claims the company, via its sports blog Deadspin, posted the best parts of the interview online before it had aired in the majority of Dr. Phil markets.
The lawsuit also criticizes the entire "system" of content aggregation.
"A remora is a fish, sometimes called a suckerfish, which attaches itself to other fish like sharks," reads the legal complaint filed this week in Texas.
"The host fish gains nothing from the relationship but the remora is enriched by obtaining benefits (usually food and transportation) from the host."