Major Update: The TNA vs. WWE Lawsuit



WWE has requested a hearing in the lawsuit filed against them by TNA, which has been set for June 29th in Nashville. WWE requested the hearing because they want the court to alter the wording of the order that did away with the temporary restraining order against them, stating that they believe that the wording could create “further disparagement and controversy.” Essentially, they want to make sure they aren’t boxed in by the language in the order due to the fact that the court used some of TNA’s proposed material and adopted their wording. The highlights of this are below:

* Both companies agreed to leave off with expedited discovery as to the information that Brian Wittenstein had given to John Laurinaitis. They were unable to agree on the restraining order TNA filed and left it up to the court to decide. The court decided that WWE’s explanation of how their own internal security procedures had been used to search their servers was enough to show they didn’t have any other copies of the material.

* WWE noted that Ric Flair was the only name that they had allegedly sought out while under contract to TNA; however, TNA fired Flair on May 11th, two weeks before the lawsuit was filed. Therefore, although WWE wasn’t planning to offer Flair a contract, he was also not technically a TNA talent.

* There were no other TNA-contracted talent named as people who WWE allegedly contact with intent to lure away from the company.

* Both companies were asked by the court to submit proposed orders in regard to the situation, WWE was not pleased with the language in TNA’s filing. WWE felt that it didn’t “accurately represent the statements” they made to the court and only maintained the temporary restraining order.

* WWE said that they only got the information from Wittenstein after he verbally offered the information, and said that they were given a flash drive with said information “out of concern for the propriety of Wittenstein having such information.” Laurinaitis turned it over to the legal department and Wittenstein was fired once they confirmed the information. The company is not happy with the wording used in the motion as it could not be conducive with language that may be used during a potential deposition.

* WWE doesn’t want “TNA personnel” used in court documents, as it is farther reaching than the issue as hand, being that the company had contacted “TNA Wrestlers.”

* The company wanted it made clear that they never said that they had no contact with Ric Flair, only that they did not solicit him, “nor made any offer to him, and has no intention of doing so.”

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