A New York news website has filed motions in a Florida court seeking a new trial in the Hulk Hogan invasion of privacy case. In court filings filed this week, lawyers for Gawker Media asked for a new trial or for the amount in damages awarded to the former pro wrestler be vacated or drastically reduced. "Gawker is now beginning the process of challenging the jury's verdict in a trial where key evidence was wrongly withheld and the jury was not properly instructed on the Constitutional standards for newsworthiness," Gawker wrote in a statement. "So we expect to be fully vindicated. And even if the verdict were to stand, there is no justification for awarding tens of millions of dollars never seen by victims of death and serious injuries."
Vodafone has added a sneaky £1-a-month charge to more than one million customers' mobile phone contracts, we can reveal. The new fee -- which will net the telecoms giant millions of pounds a year -- has been added to every new monthly contract taken out since February. Vodafone says the service offers customers extra protection against any harmful websites users may visit while surfing the internet. The so-called'Secure Net' software is included on monthly contracts and is advertised as a'free three-month trial' in Vodafone's promotional material. But customers claim they are not told they have been opted in and will be charged £12 a year when the free trial ends.
A New York news website has filed motions in a Florida court seeking a new trial in the Hulk Hogan invasion of privacy case. In motions filed this week, lawyers for Gawker Media asked for a new trial or for the amount in damages awarded to the former pro wrestler be vacated or drastically reduced. Hogan sued Gawker after it posted a video of him having sex with his then-best friend's wife. Hogan said he didn't know he was being taped. In March, a St. Petersburg jury sided with Hogan, who sued after the website posted a portion of the video.
Washington County opened its trial against Stephen Allwine Monday, a case with a plot stripped from the pages of a murder mystery--sex, lies, murder and a hit man for hire. A criminal complaint from January 2017 details an unsuccessful attempt by the 44-year-old to hire a hitman to kill his wife, Amy Allwine, alleging that as the plan unraveled he personally carried out the act by shooting her and staging it as a suicide. Prosecutors are now alleging that Allwine, a deeply religious man who served as a deacon and church elder, had at least three affairs with women he met on the website Ashley Madison that served as the impetus to kill his wife. Instead of divorcing her, police say the information technology worker took to the "dark web" as user DOGDAYGOD and was scammed by a now-defunct website called "Besa Mafia" that FBI officials say would regularly take Bitcoin for killings and beatings it would never carry out. Detectives later found a Bitcoin key on Allwine's phone that linked him to an attempt on his wife's life.
Popular music streaming service Spotify is trying its luck in Japan, where consumer demand for packaged media such as CDs is traditionally strong and the market for streaming still has huge potential to grow. Visiting Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek announced the company's foray into Japan on Thursday at a news conference in Tokyo. "I'm very excited to be here with all of you. This is the dream come true to me, to be here today, to be able to bring the 2 million artists around the world to Japan and of course to take the Japanese artists that we all love to the rest of the world," Ek said. However, Spotify Director of Product Dave Price said the music service will be offered on a trial basis at this point and only to people invited by Spotify.