Hogan. (AP Photo)
The latest bout in an ongoing legal tussle between Gawker Media and Hulk Hogan was decided Thursday in favor of the former professional wrestler.
In a pretrial hearing, Circuit Judge Pamela Campbell ruled that more than a dozen court filings entered into the record by legal teams representing Gawker Media and Hogan will remain under seal. The filings, which span more than a year’s worth of litigation, were kept confidential on the grounds that their disclosure could jeopardize Hogan’s right to privacy.
All told, Campbell ordered 15 separate case filings sealed. Although their contents remain confidential, general descriptions provided the court show the sealed material includes evidence and records of legal maneuvering by both sides filed between May 2014 and August 2015.
Seth Berlin, a lawyer representing Gawker Media, called the closure of the evidence “unfortunate” as he exited the courthouse, saying the proceedings ought to be a “public process.”
In the runup to today’s hearing, lawyers for media organizations including the Tampa Bay Times, The Associated Press and First Look Media filed a motion asking the court to unseal the records, citing the “public’s right of access.” Michael Berry, an attorney for Gawker Media, reiterated that argument several times Thursday to no avail. Read more