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Hiscox settles Cox Radio claim tied to Hulk Hogan sex tape dispute

Small business insurer Hiscox Insurance Co and Cox Radio reached a settlement on a long-term legal battle on Monday connected to the leaking of a sex tape involving the famed wrestler Hulk Hogan.

The dispute originated in 2012, when Hulk Hogan sued Gawker Media after the media group posted an illicit video featuring Hogan and a friend’s wife on its blog.

After Hogan reached a $31mn settlement that bankrupted Gawker Media, the celebrity then targeted Cox Enterprises in 2016 with claims that the radio's DJs leaked the sex tape.

Hiscox Insurance Co refused to cover the legal bills Cox would incur fighting Hogan, on the basis that its policy provided coverage for activities arising from Cox’s own media programming, not outside content like the sex tape.

Cox believed Hogan’s allegations of invasion of privacy and emotional distress fell under its coverage policy regarding multimedia and sued Hiscox for refusing coverage.

The case, which is Cox Enterprises Inc et al v Hiscox Insurance Co Inc, was in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

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