Looks like they're going with a different angle, attacking the independent contractor classification, so perhaps it will go further than other lawsuits. Personally, I'd love to see this one go against Vince.
JOSEPH M. LAURINAITIS, a.k.a. | Road Warrior Animal, JIMMY “SUPERFLY” SNUKA, by and through | his guardian, Carole Snuka, | PAUL ORDNDORFF, a.k.a. Mr. Wonderful, | SALAVADOR GUERRERO IV, a.k.a. Chavo | Guerrero, Jr., | CHAVO GUERRERO, SR., a.k.a. Chavo Classic, | BRYAN EMMETT CLARK, JR., a.k.a. Adam | Bomb, | ANTHONY NORRIS, a.k.a. Ahmed Johnson, | JAMES HARRIS, a.k.a. Kamala, | DAVE HEBNER, | EARL HEBNER, | CHRIS PALLIES, a.k.a. King Kong Bundy, | KEN PATERA, | TERRY MICHAEL BRUNK, a.k.a. Sabu, | BARRY DARSOW, a.k.a. Smash, | BILL EADIE a.k.a. Ax, | JOHN NORD, a.k.a. The Bezerker, | JONATHAN HUGGER a.k.a. Johnny The Bull, | JAMES BRUNZELL, a.k.a. Jumpin’ Jim, | SUSAN GREEN, a.k.a. Sue Green, | ANGELO MOSCA, a.k.a. King Kong Mosca, | JAMES MANLEY, a.k.a. Jim Powers, | MICHAEL “MIKE” ENOS, | BRUCE “BUTCH” REED, a.k.a. The Natural, | CARLENE B. MOORE-BEGNAUD, a.k.a. Jazz, | SYLVAIN GRENIER, | OMAR MIJARES a.k.a. Omar Atlas, | DON LEO HEATON, a.k.a. Don Leo Jonathan, | TROY MARTIN, a.k.a. Shane Douglas, | MARC COPANI, a.k.a. Muhammad Hassan, | MARK CANTERBURY, a.k.a. Henry Godwin, | VICTORIA OTIS, a.k.a. Princess Victoria, | JUDY HARDEE a.k.a. Judy Martin, | MARK JINDRAK, | BERNARD KNIGHTON as Personal | Representative of the Brian Knighton, a.k.a. | Axl Rotten, Estate, | MARTY JANNETTY, | JON HEIDENREICH, | TERRY SZOPINSKI, a.k.a. The Warlord, | SIONE HAVEA VAILAHI, a.k.a. The Barbarian, | LARRY OLIVER, a.k.a. The Crippler, | BOBBI BILLIARD, | TIMOTHY SMITH, a.k.a. Rex King, | TRACY SMOTHERS, a.k.a. Freddie Joe Floyd, | MICHAEL R HALAC, a.k.a. Mantaur, | RICK JONES, a.k.a. Black Bart, | KEN JOHNSON, a.k.a. Slick, | GEORGE GRAY, a.k.a. One Man Gang, | FERRIN JESSE BARR, a.k.a. JJ Funk, | LOU MARCONI, | ROD PRICE, | DONALD DRIGGERS, | RODNEY BEGNAUD, a.k.a. Rodney Mack, | RONALD SCOTT HEARD, a.k.a. Outlaw Ron Bass, BORIS ZHUKOV,
Pretty interesting reading
a quote: Plaintiff Marty Jannetty (“Jannetty”) is 55 years old and resides in Columbus, Georgia. He wrestled for WWF from 1988 to 1993 though he continued to wrestle part-time for WWF for twenty years. He wrestled more than 300 shows per year for WWF and twice on weekends. He suffered numerous high-profile injuries during his performances. He asserts WWE sometimes had doctors who mostly distributed drugs. “Generally we had to take care of ourselves, I would help other guys pop shoulders back into place.” Jannetty described WWE as a place where ‘You lick your own wounds.” That the medical treatment provided was mostly ‘tape and go.’ According to Jannetty the WWE trainers, agents and writers were well aware of each wrestler’s injuries and wrestlers often conferred amongst themselves and WWE staff about the injuries so they “could work around them.” This “working around” was the preferred and commonplace 44 method of dealing with injuries rather than seeking medical treatment. Jannetty says he was never treated for concussions or head injuries, and that it was commonplace to experience a momentary loss of consciousness in the ring from a move. Closed fist punches occur regularly, many guys threw them “stiff” because they were unskilled and could not properly pull them. Jannetty alleges he was knocked out by Kevin Nash in February 1994, when the WWF referee - Joe Maranalla - woke him up and told him he had been knocked out. There was no medical intervention by WWE doctors or staff. Jannetty was forced of his own accord to leave the tour because he was so dizzy he could not walk very well. As a direct result of leaving the wrestling tour due to the undiagnosed signs and symptoms of severe head trauma, Jannetty lost his job and suffered economic harm. He was later rehired. Jannetty was treated in WWE sponsored alcohol rehab in October of 2014 and was told that he was self-medicating because of all of his serious injuries. Jannetty cannot walk very well because of injuries to his ankles. In March, 2015 he spoke to Anne Russo who he identifies as a WWE employee in the Wellness department and asked about getting help for medical treatment. He asserts he was told by WWE, “if we did it for you we would have to do it for everybody.” Jannetty suffers obvious impairments from being knocked unconscious numerous times. Jannetty has black outs throughout the day where he suffers confusion and is unaware of his surroundings. Jannetty has suffered routine, repeated, and chronic head trauma resulting in long-term neurological injuries and cognitive difficulties, including, but not limited to, headaches, dizziness, loss of memory, and fatigue. He has no health insurance and is attempting to acquire disability coverage.
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After looking over the documents for only ten minutes or so, I'm feeling ashamed of myself for judging wrestlers who 'self-medicate'. There are several notorious substance abusers on that list who come in for a lot of ridicule and contempt for their behavior, but they don't seem to have had any alternative.