Attorney Sanctioned in WWE Concussion Suit
On July 22, 2018, U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant upheld sanctions against attorney Konstantine Kyros. As we have previously covered, Kyros represented former WWE wrestlers, Evan Singleton and Vito LoGrasso, in their concussion suit against WWE. The recommendation for sanctions stemmed from Kyros’ failure to adequately respond to interrogatories amid discovery. Despite being given more than one opportunity to amend his deficient responses; however, he did not.
According to the decision, on January 27, 2016, WWE served Singleton and LoGrasso with interrogatories. On March 7, 2016, Singleton and LoGrasso responded to the interrogatories. The parties then met and conferred regarding these interrogatories and other discovery issues throughout March 2016. In April 2016, WWE to filed a motion to compel discovery and the court ordered Singleton and LoGrasso to supplement several interrogatory reposes. Specifically the court ordered Singleton and LoGrasso that if they are “unable to identify a statement or speaker in response to an interrogatory, [Singleton and LoGrasso] must state that fact.” However, after WWE filed a motion for sanctions, it was discovered that the court ordered supplemental interrogatories remained essentially unchanged.
According to Judge Richardson, who recommended sanctions, “[w]hen confronted with their own allegations taken from their own complaint, [Singleton and LoGrasso] simply direct WWE to multiple documents and assert that the answer to the interrogatory is located somewhere within these documents, or [Singleton and LoGrasso] refer vaguely to a public statement without providing any specifics to WWE.”