A New York time is now, and there are two big trends on the minds of reporters: 1) Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker for $140 million, and 2) the New York press corps will not report on this case.
(Gawker has a new $130 million defamation suit in the works.)
The New Yorker, Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times are all reporting on the Hulk Hogan trial, and some are calling the trial “a major story” and “the most important trial in American history.”
But Gawker’s defense lawyers say they are simply “seeking a fair trial.”
Meanwhile, Gawker’s New York lawyer, John Morgan, who represents Hulk Hogan, says that Hogan is not a defendant in the suit.
He told reporters in February, “We have no pending lawsuit against Gawker.
No defamation lawsuit against them.
We’re not even a plaintiff in the defamation suit.”
The New Jersey Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, is leading the case against Gawker for publishing the nude photos and videos of the women, and he also filed a defamation suit against the newspaper last month.
But he’s not going after Gawker in that suit.
Morgan told reporters on March 4, “The news media is going to be very focused on this trial and what’s happening on the Internet.
But what is not going to come out is how the news media treats these women.
What is not coming out is the bullying and threats that are going to continue.”
The trial is currently underway in New York state Superior Court.
The New England Journal of Medicine is currently publishing a series of articles about the trial, including one that describes how the lawsuit will likely be “a landmark legal event.”
The lawsuit was filed on March 5, and Morgan told The New Republic’s Andrew Prokop that Hogan was “disappointed and dismayed.”
The article continues, “I have had my own conversations with Mr. Hogan.
He expressed concern that he would be singled out for ridicule and abuse.”
The Hogan lawsuit claims that Hogan violated his contract with Gawker, and that he was fired for violating that contract.
The lawsuit also alleges that Hogan “violated” his right to privacy by using a nude photograph of a woman and videos from that encounter to harass and humiliate her.
Gawker, for its part, says it does not want to “spoil the proceedings” and is “just filing this suit because we want to protect the reputation of our publisher, Ms. Hogan, and to protect our clients.”
Morgan says that the trial will be a “big, big deal.”
In fact, he told The Washington Post’s Michael Gerson that the Hogan trial will “give us a huge boost” for the future of media.
Gawker has faced a barrage of attacks from the media over its publication of the nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence and Heather Clem.
The trial, according to Morgan, “will give us a big boost for the long term.”
Gawker’s new trial, of course, is not about whether or not the women have a right to be famous.
The company has already lost a defamation lawsuit in Florida over the publication of nude photos of former model Gigi Hadid, who is suing the company for defamation for “grossly and viciously” disparaging her.
The Hogan trial is being handled by lawyers from Morgan’s firm, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, and is likely to be the first of several lawsuits that will follow.