Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan and the unsecured creditors involved in the sale of Gawker Media want to have negative articles deleted from the website as part of the sale of the bankrupt company's assets.
The representative for the committee has broached the subject with Ziff Davis, the publisher and Internet company that is the leading candidate for purchasing Gawker Media's assets, LawNewz.com reports.
"We’re focused, and we’re having dialogue with Ziff right now, through counsel," the representative told a federal bankruptcy court judge in New York City on July 7, according to a transcript quoted by LawNewz.
"… [T]o make sure that any defamatory, tortious content that’s currently on the web pages today is taken down, in connection with the sale, so their objections aren’t filed with the sale … ," the representative continued.
"[T]hat’s one of the things we’re certainly focused on, is trying to make sure that any buyer takes down allegedly defamatory statements or content, and doesn’t inherit a lawsuit the day after they close," the person said.
The creditors' committee also reached out to Ziff Davis' lawyers on the issue, according to LawNewz.
Hogan, who is listed with the creditors as Terry Gene Bollea, is Gawker's largest creditor. He won a $140 million verdict last month
against the digital media company for posting snippets of a sex tape in which he was featured.
Gawker then filed for bankruptcy and appealed the verdict.
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