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Expert predicts more invasion of privacy lawsuits after Hulk Hogan's victory

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A Florida jury awards Hulk Hogan $115 million after he sued an online website that posted a portion of his sex tape. Now, one local social media expert says after Hogan's legal victory, you can expect to see many more invasion of privacy lawsuits in the future.

Speaking Friday night, Hogan’s attorney praised the decision of a Florida jury, awarding the wrestler more than the $100 million he was seeking, deciding website Gawker should hand over $115 million after posting portions of Hogan's sex tape online.

“This is not only his victory today, but also anyone else who's been victimized by tabloid journalism,” David Houston said.

FOX 8 Legal Analyst Joseph Raspanti says, “It’s a big statement by the jury. They're saying you can’t do this, even though he's a public figure, you cannot invade a person's privacy like this.”

Less than two weeks ago, a Tennessee jury awarded sportscaster Erin Andrews $55 million after a man secretly taped her, naked, inside a hotel room. Loyola social media professor Andrew Nelson, says these types of cases would have been unheard of 20 years ago, but with enhanced technology, comes some pitfalls.

“We didn’t have the technology that allowed people to have cameras in their most intimate moment. Now that we do, we also have the technology so that if it gets out, it gets spread,” Nelson said.

It's not just celebrities fighting for privacy.

“As we move online and we become and live our life digitally, we're going to be seeing a lot more of these types of cases,” Nelson commented.

But they're not always so clear cut.

Raspanti explains, “At different times, technology, science or various different things, outstrips the law. Like surrogate motherhood outstripped the law for a while, whose the parents? Now, the technology of this as to what is admissible in court, what’s deemed a public document.”

They're issues being sorted out with rulings across the country. And Raspanti says the one in Florida Friday night, sends a pretty loud message.

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