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TNA files a lawsuit against WWE and a former employee



TNA has filed a lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment and former TNA and WWE employee Brian Wittenstein. The company filed the lawsuit yesterday in Nashville with charges of interference with existing contracts, conversion, breach of contract, civil conspiracy, unfair competition, and violation of the Tennessee Uniform Trade Secrets Act. Wittenstein is also being sued for breach of duty of loyalty.

The suit claims that Wittenstein, who worked for the company for three years from 2008 – 2011, gave WWE inside information on contracts and other details from his time working with the company and that WWE is trying to steal talent from the company via that information. Wittenstein was hired by WWE earlier this year but was let go in April, which TNA claims is after they were presented with the information. However, WWE did not inform TNA that they had been given that information for several weeks.

TNA claims that they were informed of the insider information on 5/7 and that several days later, Ric Flair approached TNA trying to get out of his contract so he could go to WWE. The company says Flair hasn’t appeared at events since. Alex Shelley, who is rumored to be heading to WWE, was not mentioned in the lawsuit.

An injunction has been issued demanding that WWE and Wittenstein return whatever confidential material Wittenstein obtained from TNA and were specifically instructed not to destroy any of the material. A hearing is set for next month.

Credit: pwinsider.com, Jerry Thomas

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34 Responses

  1. Scott Grady says:

    I ask again, AJ. How has WWE admitted to USING THE INFORMATION WITTENSTEIN GAVE THEM? That was the question I asked.

    What’s funny is that you proved my point about this case not being the slam dunk that it seems you want it to be. Like you said and is very reasonable, WWE may have fired Wittenstein for divulging the information he had. The case is very sketchy and based on nothing but speculation.

  2. Steveoreno says:

    There is no such thing as a slam dunk case against the WWE. Other than World Wildlife Fund in international court they are almost untouchable. THey have an amazing legal team. They will make this costly for TNA. Not taking sides, but they have much deeper pockets.

  3. AJ Starr says:

    I know better than Vince himself and have more in ring experience than half the roster. I should be main eventing wrestlemania instead of Rock.

  4. AJ Starr says:

    Scott, I don’t have to prove anything, that’s what you don’t understand. Since WWE has admitted to it, THAT’S why TNA filed the lawsuit. Get it through your head, that’s all there is to it. You’d sue them if you owned a business and that happened, and don’t pull the holier-than-thou art, saying you wouldn’t.

    And to the idiot who keeps posting as me; karma is a major pain. Remember that next time you plan on acting like you’re 5 years old.

  5. Scott Grady says:

    What has WWE admitted to? Receiving information from a former TNA employee and informing TNA of it? If someone gives me a stolen watch and I report it to the police, does that mean I should be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law?

    You’re right. You don’t have to prove anything. TNA does. They have to prove that WWE knowingly violated Tennessee’s business laws. They have to prove that WWE requested the information from Wittenstein. They have to prove that WWE is guilty of the charges they’re accusing them of. Right now, the evidence isn’t as clear cut as you and the other TNA supporters(I’ll avoid the phrase”fanboys” here) making it out to be.

  6. AJ Starr says:

    If you know you received stolen property and you take weeks to report it? Yeah, you’re gonna get questioned heavily on why it took you so long to report it, and probably get investigated for it as well, especially if you knew from day 1 it was stolen and took you several weeks to report it.

    How ever, this isn’t stolen property. This is clear breach of contract and confidentiality. FAR different concept, and can carry jail time for the guilty parties and cost millions in court.

    You’re fishing for a “WWE fanboy” thing, and you won’t find it. It has nothing to do with WWE vs. TNA or anything of the sort.

  7. -J- says:

    So a guys passed on confidential info (unheard of), supposedly without being asked for it and then he gets fired and WWE supposedly sends the information back to TNA…hmmmm, one this is clear here somebody is not telling de truth supposedly.

    Can someone sue the writers of both shows?

  8. Scott Grady says:

    If it took weeks, true. However, if you read the story, the notion that WWE knew for weeks is a claim that TNA is making. So, it’s up to TNA to prove that. According to this and the followup, the only thing WWE has admitted to was getting “classified” informatipn from a former TNA employe they subsequently fired, which is standard practice for matters like this. That’s all.

    It is NOT “clear breach of contract and confidentiality” as far as WWE goes. TNA DOES have a serious case against Wittenstein. However, everything that you are declaring WWE to be guilty is based off of claims by TNA with zero evidence. You even pointed out that WWE may have fired Wittenstein for what he did. That opens up doubt.

    You claim that it’s not a “WWE vs. TNA” thing but yet you’re already saying that WWE, who you have been extremely critical of, is guilty of everything with no evidence beyond Wittenstein. Like I said, TNA has to offer up proof to back up their claims, which is all TNA has offered up as far as their case against WWE goes.

  9. Really? says:

    It is kind of strange that Morgan, Flair, and Shelley all jump ship, and then THIS comes out. WWE has signed TNA talent before, but usually only one at a time. If Shelley really is going to WWE, its also the rare case of WWE signing a TNA talent that was never under contract to WWE, as opposed to the instances when they signed back Christian, Gail Kim, Road Dogg and R-Truth. Off the top of my head I can only think of Monty Brown, unless you count CM Punk and Evan Bourne, who wrestled in TNA but didn’t work primarily for TNA before being signed.

    Anyway, its certainly interesting to speculate about.

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