WWE Attorney Issues Statement On Attempt To Bring Concussion Lawsuit to the Supreme Court
Longtime WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt has issued a statement on Attorney Konstantine Kyros’ recent filing that one of the WWE concussion lawsuits that has already been dismissed by the lower courts is to be revived and brought to the United States Supreme Court.
As previously mentioned, the original lawsuit could be brought down by more than 50 former WWE wrestlers who claim WWE failed to protect them from repeated head injuries, including concussions that resulted in long-term brain damage. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit included several WWE Hall of Famers and Legends – the late Road Warrior Animal, Paul Orndorff, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Ahmed Johnson, Dave and Earl Hebner, Sabu, Marty Jannetty, Shane Douglas, and the late Jimmy Snuka The late King Kong Bundy, the late Mr. Fuji, the late Kamala, Barry Darsow and Heidenreich among others. WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon was listed as a defendant in the lawsuit. Click here to read today’s report on Cyrus’s latest filing with the Supreme Court. There you will learn why the case was previously dismissed, Cyrus was sentenced to pay legal fees by WWE, and more.
WWE has continued to deny the allegations. A WWE spokesman told The Star Tribune in Minnesota today that the lawsuits were unfounded.
In an update tonight, McDevitt made a statement to PWInsider making it clear what the Kyros filing is for and noting that this is basically still a waste of time and money. McDevitt also confirmed that Cyrus will have a sanctions negotiation next month to see how much money he will have to pay WWE.
You can read McDevitt’s full statement below:
“[Konstantine Kyros] has no automatic right to appeal to the Supreme Court. He has to ask her to accept an appeal, and that’s what he submitted. The vast majority of requests are denied, and the Supreme Court typically takes cases involving issues of national concern where the courts in different federal counties differ on certain issues of federal law.
Here Cyrus is asking the Supreme Court to overturn the Second Circuit’s ruling that it was late in appealing the cases of Billy Jack Haynes, Russ McCullough, Matthew Wiese, Ryan Sakoda and Nelson Frazier.
He’s not trying for them to hear the layoffs of all the other cases, which are now over for good. The lower courts have rejected these cases on the basis of state law, which the Supreme Court would not touch.
It is an exercise in pointlessness because even if the Supreme Court heard his request and found that his appeal on behalf of these five was timely, it would still lose on the merits, as their claims are all statute barred. In short, a waste of time and money that we don’t think is going anywhere.
However, he has to face a sanctions hearing next month on how much to pay WWE. “
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