WWE Class Action Lawsuit Update (6/16/2020)

Update On Class-Action Lawsuit And Alleged “Hostage Situation” Stemming From WWE/Saudi Arabia Incident

WWE is currently dealing with multiple class action lawsuits against it and one filed by Firefighters Pension of System of the City of Kansas City Missouri Trust ended up featuring anonymous testimony from a wrestler who was among the April cuts who detailed an alleged “hostage situation” last November when WWE visited Saudi Arabia for their twice annual event.

The wrestler, who apparently worked for WWE from 2012 until this year, also indicated that WWE abused their power and threatened careers when addressing any talent who didn’t want to travel to Saudi Arabia to wrestle.

WWE, through its third party attorney Jerry McDevitt at K&L Gates law firm, responded to the accusations with the following statements to Forbes:

“These false allegations were originally made in two suits filed by two different law firms. After the Court appointed a third firm to be lead counsel, WWE provided all three law firms with specific detailed facts from the persons with actual knowledge of the situation, including the phony allegation about the plane. The first two law firms then dropped their lawsuits to avoid sanction motions, but the third firm chose to ignore the specific facts they had been provided, and instead cited an unnamed disgruntled former wrestler with no knowledge of the facts. WWE is preparing its response to the lawsuit and will be moving to have it dismissed.”

Other accusations against WWE in the suit include “wildly unreasonable expectations of the revenue it expected from a potential broadcast partner” and for the company misleading investors by blaming live event declines on talent injuries and absences.

You can read the full lawsuit here.


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