The long-running class action concussion lawsuits brought against WWE by over 50 former employees, led by lawyer Konstantine Kyros, have been thrown out.
Judge Vanessa Bryant dismissed the cases and in doing so admonished Kyros for the cases being too long and full of irrelevant and non-factual arguments.
Bryant had repeatedly told Kyros to change the suits and keep them factual but each time he came back they were rewritten yet remained full of errors.
WWE had been expecting the verdict, having long since realized that Kyros had no case against them.
In an interesting precedent that could have significant far-reaching effects, Bryant declared that any future lawsuits of this nature relating to concussions and WWE would need to be filed within five years of talent suffering the injuries in question.
It typically takes several years if not decades before the effects of CTE are known. This ruling could potentially leave several of the current generation without any legal recourse to pursue should they also encounter problems in later life.
Kyros has claimed he will appeal the verdict, writing:
This decision will not stand, it is very poorly reasoned, ignores basic facts about the history of CTE science, as well as the rudimentary concepts of employment & labor law and is mostly a personal attack on your advocate and not on you! MARTY, JON!!! Ignore social media trolls. We are still a nation under the rule of law. If anyone is having any concerns I am available, please call me if you need to talk or text me. Thank you for your support, everyone stay strong and trust in our advocacy for your very strong and supported constitutional legal rights to a jury trial. This case is far stronger than the claims brought by NFL, NCAA and NHL athletes. CALL ME! We are appealing the case with the very best lawyers in the country behind us.