As noted, Hulk Hogan sued Gawker after they released sex tapes that included himself and Bubba The Love Sponge’s then-wife Heather Clem. The case went to trial, and the jury awarded Hogan $115 million in damages. Hogan was awarded an additional $25 million for punitive damages. Gawker owing Hogan $15 million, Gawker website owner Nick Denton owing $10 million, and former Gawker editor A.J. Daulerio owing $100,000.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Gawker has commenced an appeal to the ruling. Gawker is asking that the verdict be thrown out or the damages be reduced. Now, the two sides will meet in court on May 25th.
Gawker issued this statement:
“Gawker is now beginning the process of challenging the jury’s verdict in a trial where key evidence was wrongly withheld and the jury was not properly instructed on the Constitutional standards for newsworthiness. So we expect to be fully vindicated. And even if the verdict were to stand, there is no justification for awarding tens of millions of dollars never seen by victims of death and serious injuries.”
Hogan’s lawyer David Houston issued this statement:
“Gawker has made no secret of the fact that they were planning to file a motion for a new trial and an appeal based on arguments that are meaningless to the case at hand. We emerged victorious once and we plan to do so again. It is apparent Gawker is unable to accept responsibility for their actions or demonstrate any intention of correcting their behavior.”