Regular Pando readers will know we've been following the ongoing class action lawsuit against Gawker by a group of former unpaid interns.
Gawker tries to get class action suit tossed because interns can't agree on uselessness of their internships
For the past couple of weeks, attorneys for Gawker and the group of former interns suing Gawker over their unpaid labors have been engaged in a legal tussle-within-a-tussle. The argument: Whether Gawker should be allowed to submit extracts from the interns' depositions as evidence that the plaintiffs should be denied class certification.
A small twist yesterday in the impending class action lawsuit by a group of former unpaid interns against Cayman island-based, champions of the oppressed, Gawker Media. David Matthews, one of the interns involved, has decided to drop out of the suit, giving up his right to take further action against Gawker or its founder, Nick Denton.
To anyone paying attention, the news that NY-based gossip site Gawker is grossly hypocritical won’t come as a shock. After all, as I wrote in December, the blog giant generates millions of monitizable pageviews with class-baiting stories of wealthy tech elites destroying San Francisco, despite the fact that Gawker Media is itself a huge tech company, based in a Cayman Islands tax haven, and founded by a multimillionaire who hero worships Steve Jobs, thinks "Uber may do more for the planet than foreign aid workers in Mozambique" and who made his fortune organizing events for Europe’s tech elites.