A property damage lawyer for a California couple who sued Gawker Media says he will file a lawsuit Monday against the online gossip site.
Lawyer John Williams, who represented two clients who were the targets of Gawker’s “Gawker Media Disgrace” article, says he is filing a lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs to demand a full refund and to prevent Gawker from harming the future of their relationship.
Gawken Media’s defamation lawsuit against WilliamS lawyer, Peter Thiel, alleges that the media company falsely reported that Thiel, who is a billionaire, owns a condo on the property where Thiel lives, and that Thiel used the condo to avoid paying property taxes.
The lawsuit, which was filed by attorneys at Davis Polk & Wilkins, alleges in its complaint that Thiel’s condo is “disgraced” and that it is “grossly inaccurate and defamatory.”
Gawkin, which filed its lawsuit on Thiel’s behalf, says that Thiel has a condo in San Francisco and a home in California.
Thiel’s lawyers have not responded to a request for comment.
Lawyers for Gawker Media said they could not comment on pending litigation.
The New York-based firm is representing Gawker Media, the publisher of the website, the website of Gawker Media Group, and several other news and gossip sites, including Vice and Gizmodo.
It is also represented by defense lawyer David Boies, who represents the estate of James Earl Ray.