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CONCUSSION-RELATED LAWSUITS AGAINST WWE AND VINCE MCMAHON OFFICIALLY CLOSED

By Mike Johnson on 2018-10-03 12:12:00

The United States District Court of Connecticut officially closed the concussion-related lawsuits brought against World Wrestling Entertainment and Vince McMahon on 9/27 with the following judgment issued:

This action having come before the Court on World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.’s (WWE) motion for judgment on the pleadings (Dkt. #205), motion to dismiss the first amended complaint (Dkt. #266), defendant Vincent K. McMahon’s motion to dismiss Counts II, XVIII, and XIX of plaintiffs’ first amended complaint (Dkt. #269), and defendants’ motion for sanctions (Dkt. #262) regarding the first amended complaint before the Honorable Vanessa L. Bryant, United States District Judge; and The Court having previously dismissed plaintiffs Russ McCullough, Ryan Sakoda and Matthew Robert Wiese on March 21, 2016, and defendant Various John Doe’s on March 22, 2016; and having granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on the pleadings as to Evan Singleton and Vito LoGrasso on March 28, 2018; and The Court having considered the full record of the case including applicable principles of law and having issued a memorandum of decision on September 17, 2018, granting WWE’s motion for judgment on the pleadings for declaratory judgment to enter as to James Ware and Thomas Billington; dismissing the action against Robert Windham and Oreal Perras without prejudice to reopening; granting defendants’ motions to dismiss; and granting in part defendants’ motion for sanctions to the extent it sought attorney’s fees and costs; it is therefore

ORDERED, ADJUDGED and DECREED that declaratory judgment is entered in favor of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. as to Ware and Billington; that judgment is entered for World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. as to Evan Singleton and Vito LoGrasso; and judgment is entered for World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and Vincent K. McMahon as to Joseph M. Laurinaitis, Carole M. Snuka on behalf of Estate of James W. Snuka, Paul Orndorff, Salavador Guerrero IV, Kelli Fujiwara Sloan on behalf of Estate of Harry Masayoshi Fujiwara, Bryan Emmett Clark, Jr., Anthony Norris, James Harris, Dave Hebner, Earl Hebner, Chris Pallies, Ken Patera, Terry Michael Brunk, Barry Darsow, Bill Eadie, John Nord, Jonathan Hugger, James Brunzell, Susan Green, Angelo Mosca, James Manley, Michael “Mike” Enos, Bruce “Butch” Reed, Carlene B. Moore-Begnaud, Sylvain Grenier, Omar Mijares, Don Leo Heaton, Troy Martin, Marc Copani, Mark Canterbury, Victoria Otis, Judy Hardee, Mark Jindrak, Gayle Schecter on behalf of Estate of Jon Rechner, Barbara Marie Leydig & Bernard Knighton as co-representatives of Estate of Brian Knighton, Marty Jannetty, Jon Heidenreich, Terry Szopinski, Sione Havea Vailahi, Larry Oliver, Bobbi Billard, Ashley Massaro, Perry Satullo, David Silva, John Jeter, Charles Bernard Scaggs, Charles Wicks, Shirley Fellows on behalf of Estate of Timothy Alan Smith, Tracy Smothers, Michael R Halac, Rick Jones, Ken Johnson, George Gray, Ferrin Jesse Barr, Lou Marconi, Rod Price, Donald Driggers, Rodney Begnaud, Ronald Scott Heard on behalf of Estate of Ronald Heard, and Boris Zhukov.

Dated at Hartford, Connecticut, this 27th day of September, 2018.

ROBIN D. TABORA,

Clerk By /S/ Jeremy J. Shafer

Jeremy Shafer Deputy Clerk

Konstantine Kyros, the lead attorney representing the professional wrestlers who brought the civil suits against WWE and McMahon has stated they will be appealing.

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