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Colt Cabana sues CM Punk for $1 Million

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Just a few months after Colt Cabana and CM Punk won a defamation lawsuit, the former friends are at each other’s throats, and Cabana is now suing Punk.

According to The Chicago Sun Times, Cabana (real name Scott Colton) has filed a lawsuit against Punk over a breach of contract and fraud. According to Colt’s suit, Punk promised to help him with the legal bills from the Chris Amann lawsuit, with Cabana claiming that Punk said he would be “100% covered” via text message.

Cabana’s suit also claims that Punk “acted with fraud, malice, and oppression towards Colton, with the deliberate intention of causing Colton harm.”

Cabana stated that when Dr. Amann’s attorneys came to him with a cease and desist letter in regards to the podcast in December 2014, Punk told him not to respond and that his legal bills would be covered when Amann filed his lawsuit.

In 2016, however, Cabana allegedly received an email from Punk, which stated:

To date, I have spent $513,736 on this Amann lawsuit. My outstanding bill is at least 300k. Half of this is yours. Divide the 513,736 by 2 that is what you owe me and what I expect you to pay me. Starting now, I will no longer be paying your bills. You are on your own. Whatever my bill is currently, will be cut in half and half will be yours. If you choose to make this all ugly, that’s fine too. I hope you won’t, but I gave up on you doing what is right a long time ago.

While Cabana was originally allowed to retain Loeb & Loeb, who was representing Punk, he claims he was forced to bring in his own representation in 2017, and Cabana believes that Punk caused Loeb & Loeb to withdraw as his attorney.

Cabana’s lawyer approached Punk after the trial was over, attempting to get $200,000, which was the total cost of Cabana’s fees after Loeb & Loeb dropped him.

Punk turned that down, causing Cabana to claim a breach of contract. Cabana also believes that if he hadn’t listened to Punk in regards to ignoring Amann’s cease and desist, he wouldn’t have had to deal with any lawsuit and would not owe the money he currently is expected to pay.

Cabana is looking for $1 Million in punitive and exemplary damages, along with the $200,000 for the cost of his representation during the Amann lawsuit, and is looking for a jury trial.

Punk has yet to respond.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Maybe you can make the argument that Colt should’ve told Punk “No, you can’t come on my podcast, you might say something bad!”, or that he shouldn’t have accepted the offer for the legal fees… but the thing is, Punk’s word should mean something.

  • Keith Learmonth

    But to tell your friend “Hey, I’ll cover your legal costs” after you went on his podcasts and said something that had a pretty good chance of getting both of you sued, and then not following through with that is someone shaking off a responsibility he had accepted. That’s weak, and Punk needs to “man up,”

  • Luke

    Has done for a long time. Have a google. It’s a good thing; it protects you when someone attempts to screw you over. A document does not have to be signed for it to be a legal document at all if it carries verified written statements from both parties (such as a text message). Even verbal agreements are legally enforceable.

  • CC

    If a text message counts as a written agreement in the eyes of the law, then the law in the USA is a joke. Unless a contract was signed by both parties, then it is not a legal document.

  • CC

    How is Punk responsible? Colt chose to get involved and broadcast it. To now turn it around and say Punk told him to do it and would cover legal costs is a man basically taking no responsibility for his actions, or someone who is easily lead.
    Either way he is pretty weak and needs to man up.

  • Luke

    Nope. Not a handshake, a written agreement. That carries a lot more weight than a handshake. People have won cases like this in the past.

  • Luke

    Actually, if Colt still has the text message (which he presumably does and is the only reason this case is even going ahead, unless his lawyer is incompetent), that firstly is the proof that Punk screwed him and secondly does in fact count as “written agreement” in the eyes of the law.

    A lot of it is going to depend on the judge they get, but Colt has a strong case here if he has that text message.

  • Soulshroude

    Here we go, best friends my *ss.

  • Wicka Steve

    Doubt it, it’s a really bitter man. Outside of what he’s done in the ring, he’s absolutely pathetic. He once told someone on Twitter “kill yourself” because Punk disagreed with what the man said. And it wasn’t as if the person done something like advocate the killing of babies or anything.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Punk definitely already has the money. The guy made a half million for his 1 minute UFC Debut, despite losing, and made several million from WWE, and doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who would blow all his money on stupid stuff.

    He was able to afford, on a whim, to buy Joey Mercury’s house to avoid seeing him get kicked out when he couldn’t pay the mortgage, for example.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Considering Punk is basically responsible for him having the legal bills in the first place, and agreed to help him out, I’d say that means Punk has a responsibility to help out.

  • oppa

    He won’t win all of that money and is probably looking for a settlement. Colt didn’t insure himself, which isn’t Punk’s fault. A judge would make Colt take some responsibility for that. Also, if the agreement was based on it being used to float Colt along until his insurance kicked in and then it turned out he didn’t have any, that would have breached the agreement and Colt would lose.

  • oppa

    Punk can settle this out of court and sue Dr. Amann since he broke laws regarding his own health, which is where the money to pay Colt would come from. I understand that Colt didn’t think he’d get sued over his podcast, but someone had to tell him to get some business insurance at some point. The fact that he didn’t do that with all of the business he does is just insane. At the end of the day, it’s not another man’s fault that Colt didn’t properly insure himself.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Given Punk’s track record, and his position in life as a self described antisocial A**hole, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he screwed over someone he called a friend. He’s done it before. I suspect Colt has a good chance of winning this case.

  • Buzzkiller73

    Yes sounds like a personal responsibility issue with Colt to me. He needs to be a Man and pay his own bills and take responsibility for his own actions in regards to the cease and desist order.

  • CC

    I don’t think Punk needs to do anymore than he has. They both went into the case as equals and Punk has paid half the bill. Cabana is an adult and chose to take the risk by ignoring the cease and desist.

  • CC

    Sounds like a case of “He said this” but has no proof.
    Would be too easy for people to jump on the Punk hate wagon here without knowing the facts.

    Cabana is an adult who should accept his own responsibilities.
    If someone sent me a cease and desist order to not broadcast a podcast, and I knew there could be huge legal ramifications that I could not pay, I would not be broadcasting it, no matter who promised to pay it.

    Plus, my guess is, without a legally binding contract where Punk said he would pay all the bills, this would just be classed as hearsay.

    Colt sounds like he thought Punk was his meal ticket.

  • Omar

    I bet this happened around the time the new surfaced that Cabana was found backstage at WWE event and it pissed Punk off.

  • Omar

    Sad situation

  • Steven Stevens

    Does Punk have any friends?

  • oppa

    People forget that Colt’s attorney was shocked that he was an entrepreneur for years and didn’t have any business insurance. While I think Punk should do something to help him a little, it’s not Punk’s fault that he didn’t have the right insurance for his business. If he would have had insurance, he wouldn’t have paid a dime out of pocket in the end.

  • Matt

    Colt should pay his own bills and stfu.