Update on the Martha Hart vs. WWE lawsuit
Jun 13, 2012 - by Steve Gerweck
- WWE and Vince and Linda McMahon have filed separate motions to dismiss the lawsuit against them by Martha Hart and the Owen Hart estate. The motions were filed yesterday. The lawsuit, which had some other claims thrown out already alleges the following:
*Owen’s name would have reverted back to his usage alone in his passing, meaning that WWE doesn’t have the right to use his legal name in their materials and DVD releases.
* WWE released eight DVDs and other materials (such as the WWE Encylopedia) without proper payments to Owen Hart’s estate per his booking contract, which required that royalty payments continue after his death.
*WWE used original intellectual property such as family photos without the estate’s permission.
* The Owen Hart Foundation has been hurt an undesired association with WWE through their usage of Owen videos and other material.