News Ex-Wrestlers suing in Concussion Lawsuit

Discussion in 'General WWE' started by Sharpy aint SAWFT, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. Two former professional wrestlers accused the WWE of ignoring concussions and having performers do dangerous stunts that left them with serious brain injuries.

    The men -- Vito LoGrasso, 50, and Evan Singleton, 22 -- filed a potential class-action lawsuit in federal court in Philadelphia that echoes thousands of suits pending against the NFL. The NFL litigation, pending in the same courthouse, could yield a $1 billion settlement if a judge approves a proposed deal.

    LoGrasso performed under the names Big Vito and Skull Von Krush, while Singleton wrestled under the name Adam Mercer. LoGrasso says he suffers from migraines, memory loss, depression and deafness. Mercer claims he is disabled because of brain trauma he suffered early in his career, which began at age 19.


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  2. Vito is old as fuck. Shit...
     
  3. Surprised there aren't any staph infection lawsuits.
     
  4. Hopefully WWE loses money
     
  5. This sounds like a crock of shit lawsuit. WWE has only recently learned about the danger of concussions. They're very serious about it now. Vito wrestler there a decade ago before Benoit went batshit crazy.

    I understand having preferences of one company over another, but wishing any company loses money or has to close is ignorant shit. You're wishing that a lot of hard working people lose their jobs to satisfy your infantile grudge.
     
  6. Well, they're not necessarily going to lose their jobs.
     
  7. What's the result you seek from them losing money?
     
  8. There was similar talk about this with Punk last year, but I don't think these guys can win against WWE's legal team, right now they can get away with anything.
     
  9. Until the courts (or legislatures) force WWE to treat the talent as "employees" rather than "independent contractors", this lawsuit has..well...no chance in hell of being successful.

    The reason that the NFL suits have been successful hinges on the fact that NFL players are recognized as "contracted employees" (as are most companies' employees in the U.S.). Though the two terms sound similar, they are, in legal standing, very different when it comes to responsibilities owed and responsibility for actions of.

    For example, I am a contracted employee of a school district in Texarkana, Texas. This means that I am beholden to complete tasks as assigned by that district. It also means that, if my actions in the service of that district, lead to an injury to a third party, the district is liable for the loss to that third party. Were I an independent contractor, so long as the district did not direct me how to perform an assigned task, the district would be protected from the result of such a loss. Likewise, if I am injured in the performance of my duties (as a contracted employee), the district has some liability for any loss I suffer (workers' compensation). If, however, I were an independent contractor and suffered an injury during a task during which I was not directed by their oversight, I would be responsible for my own loss and the district would have little, if any, liability.

    This is also why WWE (or TNA or ROH or NJPW or AAA or CMLL or NWA) can tell the talent the outcome of the matches, but typically do very little in directing how the matches should play out.

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