The jury in the Hulk Hogan/Gawker lawsuit ruled for Hogan, awarding him $115 million in damages. $55 million of the award was for economic damage caused to Hogan by the release of his sex tape, $65 million for emotional pain and suffering. The award was even more than the $100 million that Hogan and his lawyers were seeking.
But wait, there’s more: the jury is also going to consider punitive damages, which are designed to punish a party’s bad behavior and persuade them not to do it again. Given the venom the jury has already displayed toward Gawker, the punitive damages could be significant.
The verdict will surely be appealed, but for now Hogan has won an enormous, landmark legal victory. His reputation remains in tatters, but he now has more money than he could conceivably spend for the rest of his life, and that’s not a bad deal.