On Friday, September 23, 2016, the Second Circuit denied an appeal by former World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) wrestler, William Albert Haynes III (professionally known as Billy Jack) alleging that the corporation intentionally hid the risks of traumatic brain injuries associated with their entertainment offering. The WWE fought the claims, asserting that Haynes’ suit did not meet the proper jurisdiction requirements to move to the appeals court because the district court in Connecticut had not yet certified its ruling as final. The Court reasoned that the claim could not move forward while Mr. Haynes and other wrestlers were still in the process of settling disputes with the WWE in district court. Still, the denial of Haynes’ appeal is not a total loss for the wrestler. It simply means that the panel, which was composed of three circuit court judges, decided that the processes of trial proceedings must be followed to avoid improper steps during civil procedure.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on October 13, 2016. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Drazin, Justin, "Second Circuit Halts Appeal Against World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc." (2016). AELJ Blog. 125.