March 23, 2016

Hulk Hogan wins $25 million in punitive damages

This may be our first ever link to TMZ: Hulk Hogan scores $25 million in punitive damages.  If you can't bring yourself to visit TMZ.com, try this New York Times link instead: Jury Tacks on $25 Million to Gawker's Bill in Hulk Hogan Case.

The Hulkster obtained the award against Gawker for its unauthorized release of a sex tape involving the former professional wrestler.  I'm skeptical that this award will survive post-trial and appellate review, but that's more due to the size of the compensatory damages.  He asked for "only" $100 million and the jury gave him $115 million.  When the jury verdict exceeds the amount of an already outrageous demand, that's usually a recipe for judicial intervention.