Last week, wrestling star Hulk Hogan won a civil case against a website (Gawker) that posted a video of him and his former friend Bubba Clem's now ex wife Heather Clem online in 2012 and refused to take it down. During the case, Hogan's legal team argued that the website breached his privacy and that the video was not newsworthy while the website insisted that freedom of the press was more important.
The jury decided in favor of Hulk Hogan and the court ordered Gawker to give him $115 million. The case didn't end there. Days after, he was then awarded 25 million dollars in punitive damages. That's a total of $140 million.
The president of Gawker, Heather Dietrick and the general counsel confirmed that the company will however appeal the decision as she said that after Hulk brought his original lawsuits in 2012, three appeal court judges and another federal judge had repeatedly ruled that the post was newsworthy under the First Amendment. She said she expects the same results when they appeal because the jury was prohibited from knowing about these court rulings in favor of Gawker, prohibited from seeing critical evidence gathered by the FBI and prohibited from hearing from the most important witness, Bubba Clem. Hence they are confident that they will win the case ultimately based on no just the law but also the truth.
Gawker is reportedly worth $83 million and the founder Nick Denton has a total of $121 million....this is some crazy win for Hulk. He about to make these folks bankrupt. They should have just taken the video down ni, if they don't win the appeal...mehn it's gon be some real loss.