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Gawker Bankruptcy Judge Allows Probe of Peter Thiel, Lawyer

  • ‘Litigation financing agreement’ may be subject of inquiry
  • Media firm went under after settling Hulk Hogan sex lawsuit
Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The administrator of Gawker Media LLC’s bankruptcy estate can examine Peter Thiel and his relationship with a lawyer, Charles J. Harder, over their role in the company’s demise, a judge ruled.

Settlements the defunct media firm made with the professional wrestler Hulk Hogan and other parties who sued it, allegedly with financial support from Thiel, limit the scope of an examination, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stuart Bernstein said in the order entered in Manhattan court Wednesday. He directed the parties to confer and create an order limiting the requests.