Update on the MLW vs. WWE lawsuit

Dec 26, 2023 - by James Walsh

MLW filed a lawsuit against WWE in January 2022, alleging anti-competitive practices and interference in MLW’s business affairs.
The accusation stated that WWE utilized its influence to obstruct MLW from securing a television deal with a major network, thereby hindering MLW’s growth and violating antitrust laws. Ultimately, the lawsuit has been resolved, and MLW’s legal team has proudly claimed victory.

New York, NY, December 22, 2023 — Kasowitz Benson Torres, on behalf of professional wrestling promotion company MLW Media (MLW), has reached a settlement with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) over MLW’s antitrust and state law claims against WWE for monopolizing and attempting to monopolize the market for the sale or licensing of media rights for professional wrestling programming in the United States. On December 22, 2023, MLW filed a stipulation and proposed order of dismissal of its lawsuit against WWE with the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, notifying the court that the parties have entered into a settlement agreement.

The settlement follows MLW’s successful defeat of WWE’s motion to dismiss, as well as its successful motion to strike numerous affirmative defenses in WWE’s answer to the amended complaint. The parties agreed to resolve the matter on mutually acceptable terms.

The Kasowitz Benson Torres team representing MLW is led by partners Marc E. Kasowitz and Christine A. Montenegro and includes partner Nicholas A. Rendino.

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