The lawsuit that refused to die has come home to Tampa Bay. Hulk Hogan's $100 million civil suit against Gawker, which Hogan dismissed in federal court last month, was refiled Dec. 28 in the state circuit court in Clearwater. Not content to sit back and be sued, Gawker then asked for the case to be moved back to federal court. It's nice to keep The Juice* in business like this. What a New Year's gift!
The suit stems from Hulk's infamous sex tape with Bubba the Love Sponge's ex-wife Heather Clem, whom he is apparently holding responsible along with Gawker for releasing the footage, which resulted in the one-minute edited clip the site ran months ago. The Hulkster originally sued the site over the clip in October, demanding $100 million and rights to the recording.
Hogan had moved the suit against Gawker to the Florida court to combine it with his case against Heather, which also was filed in October. In a lot of legal wrangling, Gawker filed a removal of action on Jan. 2 to have the case moved back to federal court, one of Hogan's lawyer's told The Juice*. There are several reasons that could happen, but counsel couldn't tell us specifically why, other than to get it out of court in Pinellas County.
Does that sound perfectly unclear to you? Yeah, us too, but we'll have months to figure it out. Join us, won't you? We'll make popcorn.
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Posted by Joshua Gillin at 5:30:49 pm on January 04, 2013