Good. They were a shitty clickbait rag that had a long history of publicising the private lives of people without any care for the consequences of their actions.
The long-running legal fight between the now-defunct Gawker Media and Terry Gene Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, has been settled at last. The organization has agreed to pay Bollea $31m to settle all claims relating to the publication of a tape of the former professional wrestler having sex with a friend's wife. In May, a court …
Wednesday 2nd November 2016 18:59 GMT Adam 52
"If there is a lasting legacy from this experience, it should be a new awareness of the danger of dark money in litigation finance."
Nope; if there is any legacy it should be that more scum-bag, gutter journalists who destroy reputations for kicks get put out business by the Courts.
Similar to the ones currently whining in the UK that they'll suffer huge costs if they don't agree to arbitration.
Wednesday 2nd November 2016 19:56 GMT Anonymous Coward
Wednesday 2nd November 2016 21:23 GMT Faceless Man
Let's face it, there are no good guys here.
Gawker were scum, but they had a right to exist, and you could always ignore them. I won't pretend they had any form of journalistic integrity, and would even argue that what they did to Peter Thiel was pretty deplorable.
On the other hand, Peter Thiel has basically taken a personal vendetta and created a precedent for the extremely rich to bankrupt companies they don't like. There were other ways to take this, and other solutions he could have sought, but he wanted the company dead.
Neither side is to be admired, here. I won't miss Gawker, but I don't want rich bastards like Thiel being able to just bankrupt companies on a whim.
Wednesday 2nd November 2016 23:00 GMT Adam 52
" created a precedent for the extremely rich to bankrupt companies they don't like"
Only if they violate copyright, basic human rights and ignore court orders. It was the jury decision and judgement that bankrupted them, not the fees. If they'd done nothing criminal then they'd have been fine.
 I'm not very good on the subtleties of US copyright law, but those FBI warnings imply that commercial copyright infringement is a crime. Unless you are Google, of course.