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Gawker Media, owner, and employee seeking bankruptcy protection

Hulk Hogan has gained legal control of assets belonging to Gawker's ex-chief editor, who was largely in charge of posting the scandalous sex tape of Hogan engaging in sexual intercourse with the ex-wife of his friend. Hogan won a favorable $100-plus million verdict against the founder and co-owner of Gawker Media, Nick Denton, who was also instrumental in the release of Hogan's tape.

Since winning the favorable award, the litigants Gawker Media and Nick Denton have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Due to the bankruptcy filing, and the resulting bankruptcy protection for Gawker and Denton, the ex-editor now owes the full total of $115 million to Hogan. He has also been ordered to pay $100,000 in punitive damages. However, the ex-editor only has $1,505.78 in his bank account.

The editor says that he will be next to file for bankruptcy, since he cannot afford to pay the multi-million dollar bill that has been ordered against him. If he is successful in filing for bankruptcy, then he could receive protection from the full $115 million debt he currently owes to Hogan.

Court awards that litigants are supposed to pay are often not covered under bankruptcy protection, but Kentucky courts tend to look at these situations on a case by case basis. If the bankruptcy filer is able to make an adequate case for hardship, etc., then he or she may be able to succeed in dissolving the debt he or she owes. By speaking with a qualified and experienced Kentucky bankruptcy attorney, debtors in our fine state can determine what their bankruptcy rights are in this regard.

Source:, "Judge Rules That Hulk Hogan Gets Control of Former Gawker Editor’s Assets," David Bixenspan, Aug. 11, 2016

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