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HOGAN SEX TAPE LAWSUIT UPDATE

By Mike Johnson on 2012-12-11 13:57:13
Gawker Media filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought against them by Hulk Hogan on 12/7, claiming that Hogan has failed to state a claim against them for posting clips of the sex tape with Heather Clem.

In a 26 page filing, Gawker claimed that Hogan's lawsuit "fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted because (a) defendants’ conduct involves speech about a matter of public concern and is therefore shielded from liability by the First Amendment; and (b) plaintiff fails as a matter of law to establish the elements of each of the torts."

Noting that Hogan has acquired a copyright on the tape, Gawker stated, "With respect to plaintiff’s claim that the Excerpts infringe a newly-acquired copyright in the Video, he fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted because he does not properly plead the ownership or registration of a valid copyright, including in a manner that would support an award of statutory damages or attorneys’ fees."

Gawker also cited that Hogan, "fails to plead facts alleging any wrongful conduct against the Tag-Along Defendants" and also failed to "plead any facts that demonstrate any tortious activity in Florida that would support the exercise of this Court’s jurisdiction over them."

Gawker is asking the entire lawsuit be dismissed.