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Mar 28, 2013 - 8:37:27 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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Hulk Hogan received a favorable decision in Florida court this week to move his $100 million lawsuit against Gawker.com to more favorable state court in Florida.

Gawker attempted to have the case moved to federal court, but Judge James Whittemore agreed to grant Hogan's motion to remand the case back to state court, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

The judge also agreed with Hogan's legal maneuver to link the Gawker lawsuit and separate lawsuit against Heather Clem (the ex-wife of Bubba the Love Sponge), who was involved in a taped sexual act with Hogan several years ago that was released by Gawker in 2012.

The judge agreed with linking the two suits mainly based on "chain of custody" questions over how the video was transferred from Bubba's home security feed to the person who sent the video to Gawker.

"The claims against Heather Clem and Gawker are 'logically related' and rest on the same set of operative facts - namely, the recording and publication of the video," said Judge Whittemore.

Hollywood Reporter concluded in their report: "Therefore, the case goes back to a Florida state court. There, Gawker can continue to raise its defense that that the information it published was newsworthy and protected by the First Amendment. The website still stands a good chance of ultimately prevailing. But the ruling this week likely means that Gawker won't be scoring any quick pin in the battle and will be fighting on turf that's a whole lot less certain and comfortable."

[ LINK: Story here at HollywoodReporter.com ]

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