Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.18.2012
A hearing is set for later this month
- 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
* 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
* 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."