The WWE lawsuit directly confronted the WWE’s use of illegal contracts.
In part the lawsuit alleged: “The Booking Contracts, the “Contractor Nostalgia Agreement”, the “handshake deals” are outrageous, were procured by fraud, coercion and unequal bargaining power, and violate public policy and the statutes which are set forth in this Complaint, as well as references to applicable law. For those reasons and applicable law, here repeated and realleged in every detail, the Booking Contracts should be set aside and declared null and void, as having been procured and necessary through fraud, coercion, intimidation, while a progressive disease process intentionally hidden from the Plaintiffs was allowed to proceed and the WWE to rob the Plaintiffs of any ability to comprehend their circumstances.”
See Chris Benoit’s Unconscionable Contract that even forced wrestlers to release WWE from all liability even to their own Deaths.
“Wrestler hereby releases, waives and discharges promoter from all liability to wrestler and covenants not to sue promoter for any and all loss or damage on account of injury to their person or property or resulting in serious or permanent injury to wrestler or in wrestler’s death, whether caused by negligence of promoter or other wrestler under contract to promoter.”
See Non-frivolous Nature of this Claim as demonstrated by Law Review and Academic Articles:
1) Employees vs. Independent Contractors and Professional Wrestling: How the WWE Is Taking a Folding-Chair to the Basic Tenents of Employment Law By David Cowley September 2014 University of Louisville Law Review;Fall2014, Vol. 53 Issue 1, p143
Corteen, K. & Corteen, A. (2012) International Perspectives in Victimology October, 2012.
7) WWE, Wrestling, Wellness & Entertainment- An Analysis of Work and Health in Professional Wrestling by Jospeh Fargiorgio A Thesis Presented to University of Guelph (Ontario) 2014