Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, the MIT graduate who claims he invented email in the 1970s, won $750,000 Wednesday in a bankruptcy court settlement with Gawker Media, according to court documents.
Ayyadurai sued Gawker Media, as well as founder Nick Denton, editor John Cook and staff writer Sam Biddle, in federal court in Boston in May, several months after the Bollea judgment was handed down in March. Ayyadurai sought $35 million in damages for "defamatory" articles posted on Gawker and the associated site Gizmodo that mocked his claim to have invented email.
As part of the settlement agreement, one of the articles about Ayyadurai will be removed removed from the internet. Univision executives voted to remove the two other articles articles about Ayyadurai when they bought Gawker's constellation of sites earlier this year.
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