In January 2022, MLW filed a lawsuit against WWE, accusing them of engaging in anti-competitive practices and interfering with MLW’s business. MLW claimed that Vince McMahon’s company used its influence to prevent MLW from securing a television deal with a major network, impeding their growth and violating antitrust laws. Now it appears MLW is asking for 22 years’ worth of data in their lawsuit.
The lawsuit also alleged that Triple H contacted Madison Square Garden to encourage them to cancel an event hosted by New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Ring of Honor
WWE previously sought to have the lawsuit dismissed, as they argued that MLW did not present a valid claim. However, the court ruled against WWE’s motion, allowing MLW’s lawsuit to proceed.
According to PWInisider, after the parameters of discovery were established, MLW reached out to Live Nation Entertainment, which handles the booking of several venues, sending a legal request for quite a few things, including 22 years’ worth of data.
“All documents relating to: a) The negotiation of exclusivity provisions in contracts and contract amendments with WWE concerning the booking of any Live Nation Venue; b) WWE’s request for exclusivity in the booking of, or attempt to book, any Live Nation Venue for events; and c) Communications with WWE concerning third parties’ or Competitors’ booking of, or attempt to book, any Live Nation Venue for events.”
Live Nation argued that MLW’s request was unreasonable and oppressive, adding that MLW is looking for 22 years of records, making their task burdensome. At this moment, the court is yet to rule on Live Nation’s objection. We will keep you updated on this ongoing legal case.
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