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WWE Hit by Lawsuit by Former Wrestlers

A large group of professional wrestlers – led by lead plaintiff Joseph “Road Warrior Animal” Laurinaitis – have filed a lawsuit against WWE.

Filed earlier today in the Federal Court in New Haven, Connecticut, the suit alleges that WWE withheld their knowledge of various medical conditions, one being CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), because the company, then the WWF, “placed corporate gain over its wrestlers’ health, safety and financial security, choosing to leave the plaintiffs severely injured and with no recourse to treat their damaged minds and bodies”.

The suit also brings into question the long-held issue of wrestlers being classed as ‘independent contractors’.

Despite WWE’s ironclad control over the Plaintiffs, WWE refused and continues to refuse to classify its wrestlers as employees. WWE maintains the untenable position its wrestlers are independent contractors, requiring its wrestlers to sign unconscionable “Booking Contracts,” employment contracts of adhesion intended solely for the benefit of WWE and VKM.  These contracts were drafted by WWE and its army of attorneys to restrict and abolish all of Plaintiffs’ rights and to fraudulently misrepresent and deceive both Plaintiffs and the federal government. The misclassification of wrestler-employees as “independent contractors” effectively eliminated WWE’s wrestlers’ knowledge of any employment rights they had under federal and state law, including OSHA, FMLA, and the NLR Act.

WWE have commented on the suit;

“This is another ridiculous attempt by the same attorney who has previously filed class action lawsuits against WWE, both of which have been dismissed. A federal judge has already found that this lawyer made patently false allegations about WWE, and this is more of the same.”

The full list of wrestlers included in the lawsuit is as follows;

Joseph M. Laurinaitis (Road Warrior Animal)
Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka by and through his guardian Carole Snuka
Paul Ordndorff
Salavador Guerrero IV (Chavo Guerrero Jr.)
Chavo Guerrero, Sr. (Chavo Classic)
Bryan Emmett Clark Jr. (Adam Bomb)
Anthony Norris (Ahmed Johnson)
James Harris (Kamala)
Dave Hebner
Earl Hebner
Chris Pallies (King Kong Bundy)
Ken Patera
Terry Michael Brunk (Sabu)
Barry Darsow (Demolition Smash)
Bill Eadie (Demolition Ax)
John Nord (The Bezerker)
Jonathan Hugger (Johnny The Bull)
James Brunzell (Jumpin’ Jim)
Susan Green (Sue Green)
Angelo Mosca (King Kong Mosca)
James Manley (Jim Powers)
Mike Enos
Butch Reed
Carlene B. Moore-Begnaud (Jazz)
Sylvain Grenier
Omar Mijares (Omar Atlas)
Don Leo Heaton (Don Leo Jonathan)
Troy Martin (Shane Douglas)
Marc Copani (Muhammad Hassan)
Mark Canterbury (Henry Godwinn)
Victoria Otis (Princess Victoria)
Judy Hardee (Judy Martin)
Mark Jindrak
Bernard Knighton as Personal Representative of the Estate of Brian Knighton (Axl Rotten)
Marty Jannetty
Jon Heidenreich
Terry Szopinski (The Warlord)
Sione Havea Vailahi (The Barbarian)
Larry Oliver (The Crippler)
Bobbi Billiard
Timothy Smith (Rex King)
Tracy Smothers
Michael R Halac (Mantaur)
Rick Jones (Black Bart)
Ken Johnson (Slick)
George Gray (One Man Gang)
Ferrin Jesse Barr (JJ Funk)
Lou Marconi
Rod Price
Donald Driggers
Rodney Begnaud (Rodney Mack)
Ronald Scott Heard (Outlaw Ron Bass)
Boris Zhukov

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