PayPal co-founder and former CEO Peter Thiel speaks about his National Review article, "The End of the Future," at the National Press Club Oct. 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Case highlights funding lawsuits for profit

Along with the lurid details and a Silicon Valley soap-opera twist, the Gawker vs. Hulk Hogan invasion-of-privacy lawsuit brought to light a less salacious but equally controversial practice: third-party litigation funding.While billionaire PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is paying the former pro wrestler's legal bills out of personal...