A new report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has offered an update on the ongoing legal battle between WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and former XFL CEO Oliver Luck.
The report notes that United States District Judge Victor Bolden of Connecticut has set an evidence deadline of February 4th, 2022. He also informed both sides that they should be ready for court by March 7th, 2022.
Oliver Luck was under a guaranteed contract with the XFL, with his deal set to run until June 30, 2023. However, this was before the company folded during the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Following this, Vince McMahon fired Luck from his position on April 9th, 2020, stating Luck had been “not adequately doing his job”. As a result of Luck’s firing, he was not paid his guaranteed money and the XFL would fold just four days after his firing.
Luck’s contract with Alpha Entertainment (the XFL’s parent company) had seen him set to earn a guaranteed wage of $96,153.80 per week, with an additional $2 million every June 30th, until June 2023. However, also in the contract was a clause that Alpha Entertainment could fire Luck at any point with or without cause.
Vince McMahon and his legal team have claimed that Luck was not working hard enough for someone who had his then position as XFL CEO. With the team previously stating that Luck’s removal was as a result of his “willful and intentional material misconduct in performance of his duties or gross negligence of his duties.”
The use of Luck’s company cell phone has also caused some disputes. McMahon’s team have argued that Luck used his phone for personal use as opposed to business, with McMahon’s attorney Jerry McDevitt claiming Luck could have tried to destroy evidence that made him look bad on the phone. Luck in response has said McMahon should be stopped from disclosing personal information from an iPhone, as well as his team successfully having his deposition sealed.
McDevitt had requested Luck to be cross examined again and the judge has ruled that will happen. It will be then the judge will decide if the information will be released to the public.