Gawker files for bankruptcy to protect assets from Hulk Hogan

Friday June 10th, 2016

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Gawker Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday to protect its assets from former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

Hogan won a $140.1 million lawsuit against the company in March, which involved a sex tape it published of him from 2006. When Gawker representatives asked the presiding judge to reduce Hogan’s earnings from the suit, or at least issue a routine stay to give the company more time to appeal the decision, both requests were denied.

Gawker, whose network includes Jezebel and Deadspin, had assets of $50 to $100 million and liabilities of $100 to $500 million, according to filings. 

In a statement, Gawker said that PC Mag owner Ziff Davis had agreed to purchase its assets. Ziff Davis’s bid is reportedly for an amount between $90 and $100 million, though additional offers are expected to be received.

Gawker founder Nick Denton tweeted that the company would continue to function despite its bankruptcy.  

• The Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker legal saga, explained

The media company is currently appealing the Hogan case.

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