I wonder if The Hulkster has opened up the floodgates for Gawker to get sued by everyone they’ve wronged over the years? We can all only hope, as that might be one way to sink them for good. Even having to place defense has its negatives. They’ve sunk at least $3 million into defending Hogan’s lawsuit. The more people that come out of the woodwork, the better.

The latest charge goes back even further than the Hogan sex tape publishing. It’s from 2007

A Portland woman is suing Gawker Media and its founder Nick Denton for $74,000, saying the website defamed her and invaded her privacy with a 2007 tech gossip item.

Teresa Thomas filed the lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Thursday against Gawker, Denton and executive editor John Cook. She says the implications in Gawker’s blog post caused her to suffer personally and professionally, because the author speculated she was dating her boss at tech company Yahoo…

Thomas’ lawsuit opens by describing Gawker as “a limited liability company engaged in the the business of creating, distributing and publishing nationally and internationally false and libelous comments concerning the private lives of people.”…

In 2007, Thomas was employed at Yahoo, in the human resources department. Her lawsuit says after she left Yahoo to pursue other job opportunities, she struck up a relationship with Steve Moore, then-head of Yahoo’s internal “Media Group.”

The Gawker post suggested that Thomas left Yahoo because she started dating Moore—connecting her departure to Moore’s conflicts with company rivals.

The post, written by Nicholas Carlson, was titled, “He pushes them out, she does the paperwork.”

It concludes:

“In any event, Thomas never reported to Moore. A shame. Imagine the efficiency of such an arrangement. Moore could let his employees know when they’ve become useless to him, and then Thomas could push them out ever so delicately. Really, couldn’t Yahoo use more synergies like this?”…

Gawker, Denton, and Cook have not responded to WW’s requests for comment. Thomas’ attorney, John Berman, declined comment except to say that Thomas unsuccessfully asked Gawker several times to take down the post.

It’s a shame she’s only asking for $74,000, but then again, Hogan was only asking for $100 million and ended up getting a lot more. Hopefully history will repeat itself here, if she ends up making it to trial. Keep in mind, the deck is still stacked against litigants who take on media corporations like this, and that’s not always a bad thing, to be honest. But when you flagrantly print lies, and you knew them to be lies when you did so (and you refuse to take them down even then), well you get what you deserve when a jury makes you pay.

7 comments
  1. If they lose THIS suit, I say we file a class action against Anita and Stephen Totilo for Gamer Gate.

  2. Average gamers should be suing these fuckers for defamation as well. After all, they’ve been at the forefront of all this social justice bullcrap that ultimately led to us being branded as fucking terrorists on national television. Hell, I doubt Gawker can afford a decent lawyer anymore, so any one of us might be able to take them on.

  3. Can this please, please, PLEEEASEEE be the start of a golden era of people suing online tabloids for posting blatant lies and missinformation that harms the readers and the article’s subjects ?

  4. The sooner Gawker dies the sooner we get rid of Kotaku and Jezebel. Then we can move on the other propaganda channels.

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