WWE Sued After Health Emergency At SmackDown

WWE recently took legal step to shift a civil lawsuit against the company from the Superior Court of Connecticut, Judicial District of Stamford, to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and also shifting the case to federal jurisdiction.



Well, it seems that this decision was prompted by the fact that WWE and the plaintiff, Richard Bryant, reside in different states. Moreover, WWE has filed for an extension on the lawsuit, with a response deadline set for early June.

It has been noted in a lawsuit filed in March that Bryant, a Florida resident, alleges injuries sustained during Friday Night SmackDown taping in Orlando in July 2022. WWE countered, stating Bryant suffered nearly complete hearing loss in his right ear after pyrotechnics were set off near his seat.

It has come to light that the lawsuit alleges WWE of negligence in warning, testing, and supervising pyrotechnics use, resulting in personal injuries including a ruptured eardrum and tinnitus.

In addition to that, Bryant’s lawsuit mentions unrelated foot injuries, prompting speculation about its consistency. Bryant further seeks compensation for medical expenses, suggesting permanent injuries. The lawsuit’s move to federal court and its details will influence its trajectory and scrutiny.

According to PWInsider, WWE has successfully obtained an extension from the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut to respond to the aforementioned lawsuit. The new deadline for WWE to respond to the lawsuit is set for June 3rd.

WWE is already contending with a similar lawsuit initiated by Marvin Jackson, who alleges he suffered hearing injuries during WrestleMania 38 in Dallas. However, the outcome of Bryant’s lawsuit remains uncertain, and we’ll need to wait and see if it progresses further
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