WWE Cleared from All Concussion-Related Lawsuits amid Plaintiff Attorney Sanctions
World Wrestling Entertainment has earned a key legal victory, with the Connecticut District Court ruling to dismiss all concussion-related claims against the entertainment giant.
Over the past several years, more than 65 of retired wrestlers have filed against WWE, alleging a lack of protection for the wrestlers’ health that lead to concussions, CTE, and other brain injuries. The former wrestlers further contended that WWE forced them into dangerous performances and covered up the effects of head trauma.
U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant explained that the claims fail to be meritorious, since many of the plaintiffs stopped wrestling long before the parties could establish that the WWE was aware of the risks of head trauma. With the claims time-barred, WWE could not be held liable. Judge Bryant explained, “The evidence does not support a finding that WWE knew of a risk that repeated head injuries incurred while performing as a professional wrestler could cause permanent degenerative neurological conditions.”
Judge Bryant expressed considerable frustration regarding the actions of attorney Konstantine W. Kyros of the Kyros Law Offices, who represented the plaintiffs. In her 39-page ruling, Judge Bryant wrote, “Attorney Kyros’ decision to assert frivolous claims has required the Court to waste considerable judicial resources sifting through three unreasonably long complaints filed in the Laurinaitis action, with the vague hope that some claim, buried within a mountain of extraneous information, might have merit.”
The judge added that the most recently amended complaint was 255 pages long, reduced from the previous version’s 335 pages largely by changing double-spaced pages to single-spaced. Furthermore, in a highly unusual move, Judge Bryant ordered Kyros to send the ruling to all of his present, past and future wrestling clients, “to protect the public.”
As we have previously covered, Judge Bryant previously upheld sanctions against Kyros, due to his failure to adequately respond to interrogatories and discovery. Now, Kyros faces Judge Bryant’s order to pay legal fees to WWE, a task that could “easily top $600,000.”