This is the story of how we won the Hulk Hogan sex tape case.
After Gawker posted the video in October 2012 and promoted it on its social media accounts, the press pounced on the story, and millions of people flocked to to watch the video.
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It has never apologized or admitted wrongdoing and likely never will.
This is why a lawsuit was filed, why the case went to trial and why a jury awarded 0 million in damages.
(By 2012, the Clems had divorced.) Why did we file two lawsuits?
Gawker knew Bollea had been secretly filmed and objected to the video's release, but Gawker posted it anyway, claiming it was protected "journalism." What followed was three and a half years of litigation, a massive jury verdict and the possible end of a media company once valued at more than 0 million.
We then deposed Denton, Daulerio, several company employees and expert witnesses.
Gawker's counsel did not adequately prepare their witnesses, and Daulerio, among others, made admissions that severely undermined the "newsworthy" defense and would later inflame the jury with their arrogance and defiance.
We also believed the Florida state court would be a better forum for Bollea's claims against the Clems.
The federal court declined to grant a temporary injunction on grounds that it would constitute a prior restraint of free speech (the sex video).