The trial date in Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker has been set: March 7, 2016. Since it will take place in Florida, Hogan's own territory, not New York, the expectations is for a jury sympathetic to Hogan's notion of his right to privacy. Gawker aired a video of him having sex with the wife of a friend.
The courtroom will be a media circus. To begin with, Hogan offers immense entertainment value. Secondly, the financial independence of Gawker is on the line. Hogan is asking for $100 million. If he gets that, Gawker would have to find a partner to keep it going. That destroys its founder, Nick Denton. He has a very clear vision how to make money and having others involved could cramp his style. In Florida, if Denton appeals the decision, he still has to pony up $100 million as a form of "escrow."