The story surrounding the legal battle between WWE and MLW continues to get stranger and more intricate. As reported by PWInsider, in fact, a court session scheduled for September 29 would have been officially canceled by the US District Court, Californian Northern District of San Jose.
A temporary stalemate, but everything could change in the future. Judge Edwars J Davila, chosen to deal with the case, will still have to decide whether to completely dismiss the file, without listening to other arguments, or to proceed further.
For those who do not remember, on January 11, 2022, Major League Wrestling filed a lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment based on alleged ongoing attempts to undermine competition and monopolize the professional wrestling market by interfering with contracts and commercial prospects.
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What will happen between WWE and MLW?
As described in the MLW filing, WWE's misconduct has harmed fans of professional wrestling and competition in the professional wrestling industry. Through this lawsuit, MLW seeks to recoup its losses due to WWE interference and to order WWE from future interference.
The lawsuit was filed when Vince McMahon was still in charge and WWE cited the AEW as a competitive market scenario, sending back the industry monopoly allegations. From McMahon's the answer was simple and clear: "WWE believes that these claims have no merit and intends to vigorously defend against them."
Speaking of lawsuits, finally, there will soon be a trial for the WWE 2K case relating to the use of Randy Orton's tattoos in video games. In April 2018 Catherine Alexander, tattoo artist of Randy Orton, sued WWE, Take-Two Interactive, 2K Games, 2K Sports and many other parties for a use, according to her illegitimate, of the tattoos of the multiple world champion within videogames.
The tattoo artist has in fact reported that the designs of the Apex Predator tattoos, which she has made since 2003, are owned by her and protected by copyright. The trouble is that the same drawings have been reproduced in various WWE video games, without the author's permission.
In a statement, CEO Court Bauer revealed his intentions behind the lawsuit against WWE: "WWE has been wrongfully depriving its competitors of critical opportunities for many years, but its latest conduct has been even more unconscionable”.
I think we speak for the rest of the professional wrestling world when we say that this anti-competitive behavior has to stop." Just days before they were set to air on Tubi, the deal was canceled and it resulted in big losses for the company.