Hogan Vs Gawker

March 20, 2016 at 11:57 pm Leave a comment

One of the things that I have been miffed at last few days is Hulk Hogan Vs Gawker.  I am not defending what Gawker did.  Gawker is now forced to pay $115.00 per Newser

NEWSER) – Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million by a jury Friday in his lawsuit against Gawker, which published a sex tape featuring the Hulkster in 2012, the AP reports. It’s $15 million more than he was asking. According to Ars Technica, which points out punitive damages could still be added to the total, the loss in court could be a “life-threatening event” for Gawker, which has around 250 employees. Gawker published a video of Hogan having sex with the wife of his friend Todd Clem—aka Bubba the Love Sponge—made at Clem’s insistence. Clem had recorded the encounter, possibly without Hogan’s knowledge. Hogan cried when the jury revealed its findings after nearly six hours of deliberations, CNN reports.”

To me, this sounds like get rich scheme by Hogan because Hogan needs the money because the source of his money (wrestling) is drying up.  Take and seizing Gawker’s assets sounds like a nice way to retire as a multi-millionaire and not worry about making money.  Instead of getting $10 million dollar award which is the appropriate, Hogan gets to destroy a news organization.

I do not understand the jury’s rationale unless they believe that Hogan’s future earnings is so damaged by this video that Hogan will become bankrupt.  But sleeping with somebody else wife and doing sleazy things should not be rewarded as way to make millions and millions of dollars.

What I am also concerned is that Hogan getting such large judgement also that the lawyers can take a portion of the cut.  Not only Hogan is going to have a large payday, but also his lawyers.  This smells like a scheme by Hogan and his lawyers to get rich and have a large payday.

This is the 1% against the 1% and because Hogan gambled by having high-priced lawyers and won. That gamble was like winning the big jackpot at the casino except this jackpot is the jackpot of sleaze.

Many people would love to have that legal representation and have that type of payday.  Their grievances are far more legitimate than Hogan’s claim, but yet they cannot get access to a federal court because they do not have the money and resources to get that the court.  Instead, they are forced into arbitration and have to deal with rigged system.

In conclusion, I consider this Hogan judgement to be excessive, a get-rich quick scheme, and shows how the justice system is rigged for the 1%.

 

 

 

 

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