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Gawker Media, LLC v. Bollea

Florida District Court of Appeal
129 So. 3d 1196 (Fla. App. 2014)


Terry Bollea (plaintiff) was an extremely popular professional wrestler under the ring name Hulk Hogan. Bollea and his family also starred in a reality television show. In his autobiography, Bollea discussed his personal life in detail, including a disclosure that he had an extramarital affair. The extramarital affair had been videotaped without Bollea’s knowledge. Various media outlets had reported about the affair and the existence of the tape. Gawker Media, LLC (defendant) obtained a copy of the tape. Gawker reported on the affair and posted portions of the tape to its website. Gawker did not seek to sell the tape. Bollea brought suit for invasion of privacy and filed a motion for a preliminary injunction. The trial court granted the motion. Gawker appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Black, J.)

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