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Seema Ghatnekar, one of the Attorneys behind Hogan’s $115M+ award

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Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, left, along with attorney Seema Ghatnekar prepare to take a break just after the jury was handed Hogan's case against Gawker Media for deliberations on Friday, March 18, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker for $100 million for posting a video of him having sex with his former best friend's wife. Hogan contends the 2012 post violated his privacy. (Boyzell Hosey/The Tampa Bay Times via AP, Pool)

Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, left, along with attorney Seema Ghatnekar prepare to take a break (Boyzell Hosey/The Tampa Bay Times via AP, Pool)

SANTA CLARA Calif. (Diya TV) — A Florida jury assessed Gawker Media millions more in punitive damages on Monday for having invaded the privacy of former professional wrestler Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, adding to the $115 million it awarded in compensatory damages last week — standing beside Hogan when both verdicts were read was his attorney, Indian-American Seema Ghatnekar.

Ms. Ghatnekar was admitted to California State Bar in December of 2014 and practices in the areas of intellectual property, entertainment, media, privacy and reputation and business litigation in state and federal courts, according to the website of Harder, Mirell & Abrams, the lawfirm for whom she works. She attended Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she earned her JD with a concentration in intellectual property law. During law school, Ghatnekar served as Chief Production Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review. She also competed in the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court. Many businesses hire an external lawyer such as Ms. Ghatnekar who handles business litigation for them in order to ensure that they follow all legal procedure and that their case is as solid as possible against the defendant.

After a two-week trial in St. Petersburg, Fla., jurors ordered Gawker, an online news organization, and its two co-defendants, to pay Hogan more than $25 million in punitive damages. Gawker Media was ordered to pay $15 million; the company’s founder, Nick Denton, was assessed $10 million; and Gawker.com’s former editor in chief, Albert J. Daulerio, must come up with $100,000.

The retired wrestler Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million in damages on Friday.

The retired wrestler Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million in damages on Friday.

Gawker said it would appeal the ruling, and previously, huge damages in cases like these are often overturned or significantly reduced.

Heather Dietrick, president and general counsel of Gawker Media, said in a statement that soon after Mr. Bollea sued the company in 2012, three state appeals court judges and a federal judge “repeatedly ruled that Gawker’s post was newsworthy” under the First Amendment. “We expect that to happen again,” she said.

On Friday of the week before, the news site was found liable for harming Hogan and subjecting him to embarrassment and humiliation by posting a sex tape of him and a significant other, which was ultimately viewed by millions. Of the $115 million in compensatory damages the jury awarded Mr. Bollea last week, $55 million was for economic harm and $60 million for emotional distress, amounts that surprised legal and media analysts following the closely watched trial. Some reports stated that Ghatnekar gave the closing agreements, which was not the case. The closing arguments were given by Entertainment Attorney Kenneth Turkel of Bajo Cuva Cohen and Turkel, a Florida Law Firm.

 

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Harvard to host 17th annual India Conference this February

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Diya TV) — For the 17th year in a row, the graduate students at Harvard University will host an India Conference. It will take place during the weekend of February 15-16, 2020. Two days of exciting discussions through panels, mixers and networking will fill the halls of the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government.

The theme for this year’s conference is Foresight 20/20 – a look at what to expect from India in 2020 and beyond. As one of the largest student led conferences in the USA, the Harvard India conference attracts the biggest headliners from every field – from politics, business, entertainment & the arts. And this year is no different.

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India Conference at Harvard

With more than 100 speakers and 1000 attendees, the conference promises to have something for everyone. This year’s biggest draw from the entertainment genre is veteran Bollywood actor and self proclaimed ambassador to India, Anupam Kher. Kher has a long standing list of accolades within the film industry. In addition to his acting roles, he has been a producer, director and teacher at his own acting school. Most recently he played the role of Dr. Vijay Kapur on NBC’s primetime drama ‘New Amsterdam‘.

Some other notable speakers this year include founder of the India Today Group, Aroon Purie, Indian Olympic athelete Dutee Chand, comedian and actor, Vir Das, partner at Softbanks’ Vision Fund Lydia Jett & politician and India’s ruling party (BJP)’s sherpa to the G20, Suresh Prabhu.

The harsh winter in Harvard doesn’t seem slow down or dull these brilliant minds in any way. The India Conference at Harvard continues to retain its standing as the conference of choice for deliberating issues ranging from technology, media, politics and eduction to creating solutions for India’s path towards global leadership. The event features brainstorming sessions and sincere discussions on the very real and large scale problems that are uniquely Indian.

Diya TV is a media sponsor to the event and will be on-site covering conference. To receive a 20% discount use code RDAY20 here and to know more about the conference or speakers, head to the IndiaConference.com

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Indian Ambassador, Shringla speaks to U.S. Congress about Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla met with members of Congress at a private roundtable briefing, hosted by Southern California Congressman Brad Sherman. Sherman, who has been a supporter of India, took to Twitter recently to share his concerns about Kashmir and said serious questions about Kashmir were asked at the briefing.

President Trump is being urged to fix the H1-B visa process and do away with country-specific limits, with the latest effort for reform being spearheaded by 60 U.S. business school deans and CEO’s.

In an earthquake, seconds matter. So on the anniversary of the deadly 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked Northern California, state officials announced the launch of America’s first statewide earthquake early warning system.

Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain will be coming to Boston next month to perform at the Berklee India Exchange, where he will also be conferred with an honorary doctorate by the esteemed music school. A Zakir Hussain Scholarship at Berklee is also being established.

And we have incredible video of three kids from India rescuing their dog from a snake that’s equal parts courageous and nuts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — A federal judge ruled President Trump must turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors, striking down the President’s argument that a sitting president cannot be criminally investigated. The ruling was quickly appealed and this case could end up in the Supreme Court to answer the constitutional question of whether presidents can be charged with a crime.

Meanwhile, the President celebrated a victory by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, as a federal appellate court upheld most of the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. It also ruled the FCC cannot preempt state net neutrality laws, meaning the rules of the road in states like California remain in place.

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced their Asia-Pacific and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee will be holding a hearing asking State Department officials and human rights activists to chime in on Human Rights in Kashmir, the Tamils of Sri Lanka, Muslims in Assam and the human rights situation in Pakistan, which includes the Sindh Province.

Lockheed Martin announced they will build F-16 wings exclusively in India, helping in integrating Indian industry into the $165 billion fighter aircraft market.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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