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Week in Review

By Eric Lanter

Hulk Hogan Awarded $115 Million in Privacy Suit Against Gawker, and then the Jury Tacks on Another $25 Million

Hulk Hogan, the retired wrestler whose real name is Terry G. Bollea, has obtained a $115 million judgment against Gawker. A Pinellas County, Florida jury awarded Mr. Bollea this amount after hearing the invasion of privacy case that arose after Gawker.com published on its website a secretly recorded tape of Mr. Bollea engaging in sexual intercourse.

After the initial award, jurors further awarded Mr. Bollea $15 million from Gawker Media, $10 million from the company's founder, Nick Denton, and $100,000 from the site's former editor in chief, Albert J. Daulerio, as punitive damages.



Metropolitan Transportation Authority, as Victim, Wants Transit Thief's Profits From Hollywood Movie Deal

A new film, "Train Man," is the center of controversy for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The film concerns Darius McCollum's transit exploits in stealing buses and trains in the New York metropolitan area. However, the MTA seeks to take advantage of the Son of Sam law, which prevents criminals from profiting from their crimes.


SoundCloud Signs Licensing Deal With Sony

SoundCloud, the streaming music service, announced it signed a licensing deal with Sony. SoundCloud offers over 100 million songs for free, and this new deal opens the door for the company to use Sony's licensed music to create a paid subscription service, which the music industry majors hoped to see before they agreed to work with SoundCloud.


Hundreds of Looted Ancient Artifacts are Returned to Italy

Artifacts dating from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Second Century A.D. were found two years ago in a Geneva Freeport storage unit, which authorities traced to Robin Symes, a London art dealer. Mr. Symes will not be prosecuted in Italy because the statute of limitations has run for the crimes under investigation by Italian authorities. However, a civil suit is now underway in England for the return of other works owned by Mr. Symes to Italy and Greece.


What Tournament? The National Collegiate Athletic Association's Biggest Event May Be at a Higher Court

The National Collegiate Athletic Association will soon be filing a petition to the Supreme Court, presumably raising the question of whether its amateurism rules, which restrict compensating college athletes, are unreasonably and even illegally restrictive. If the Supreme Court accepts the case, there may soon be a resolution to the hotly contested issue of compensating college athletes.


New York State Considers Legalizing Mixed Martial Arts

On Tuesday, the New York State Assembly passed a bill legalizing mixed martial arts, the sport that has gained popularity and generated controversy in recent years. Once the Senate approves, Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the bill, which would make New York the last state in the country to legalize mixed martial arts.


Advertising Industry Wrestles with Bias After a Lawsuit

In the wake of a lawsuit filed against J. Walter Thompson, an advertising agency, the advertising industry is forced to confront its demons. Gathering in Miami, Florida this week, advertising agencies have had to publicly confront the existence of gender and racial discrimination in the industry, given the volume and severity of the sexist and racist remarks forming the center of the lawsuit against J. Walter Thompson.


Roger Goodell Calls Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Link to Football Consistent With National Football League's Position; However, Investigation Shows Deeply Flawed Concussion Research

The commissioner of the National Football League (NFL), Roger Goodell, at the NFL's annual team owners' meeting, said that the link between playing football and players being diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease, has been consistent with the NFL's position over the years. While some team owners, like John Mara, co-owner of the New York Giants, agreed with Goodell's sentiment, others, like Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, said it was "absurd" to draw a connection between football and CTE.

Furthermore, an investigation by the New York Times reveals that the NFL concussion research was far more flawed than previously known. For example, many teams were not required to submit data relating to diagnoses of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). These flaws have raised new questions about the NFL committee's findings about the risk of injury in playing football.



Museums Seek Help as Censorship Grows in Turkey

A Turkish research group, Siyah Bant, will publish a guide for what venues and artists should do when their government attempts to censor them. In Turkey, that censorship has been occurring through the government's withholding approval of any renovations to a gallery's space. For those who face the challenge of censorship, this guide, published in conjunction with Istanbul's Human Rights Law Research Center, will serve as a valuable tool.


Anti-discrimination Law Elicits Rebukes from Businesses

Businesses and organizations have condemned the North Carolina State legislature's banning any local government measures protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has joined that list, vowing to monitor what North Carolina does next.


Weinstein Company Opposes Bill on Religion in Georgia

The Weinstein Company is threatening to end film production in Georgia over the State's proposed Free Exercise Protection Act, which would let religious officials and organizations avoid acting in violation of their beliefs. Critics if the bill say that it will have the effect of leading to discrimination against individuals in the LGBT community.


Law Graduate Who Sued Her School Loses at Trial

A jury in San Diego rejected claims by Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumna Anna Alaburda, who claimed that law school enticed her to enroll based on misleading graduate employment figures. After graduating in 2008 with $150,000 in debt, she has not been able to find a full-time, salaried job, according to her lawsuit. However, the jury voted nine to three to reject her claims.


Leon H. Charney, Investor, Cable TV Host and Peace Broker, Is Dead at 77

Leon Charney, an entertainment lawyer who also became an author, television host, real estate mogul, and peace broker, died on Monday at the age of 77.


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