Professional wrestler Ric Flair returned to World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) during the December 2012 event. However, several months before that show, rival promoter Total Nonstop Action (TNA) filed a lawsuit against WWE after Flair reportedly backed out of his TNA contract in order to return to the competitor. The other defendant named in the lawsuit was Brian Wittenstein, a former TNA employee who the Nashville, Tennessee-based promoter alleged had shared confidential trade secrets with WWE. According to the professional wrestling news website PWInsider.com, TNA sued for interference with existing contracts, conversion, breach of contract, civil conspiracy, unfair competition and violation of the Tennessee Uniform Trade Secrets Act.
However, WWE returned the material to TNA before the lawsuit was filed. The pro wrestling blog Cageside Seats noted in that the lawsuit was filed after TNA had already allowed Flair to appear at a WWE event in March 2012, when the wrestler was still under contract. TNA withdrew its lawsuit on January 15, and the presiding judge signed off on it the following day. Professional wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer said that “TNA got nothing other than [their own] legal bills” in the settlement.
While professional wrestling is known for scripting the results of its matches, the contractual matters that were addressed in this lawsuit are very real and can be extremely unpredictable for many businesses. If a former employee has violated their contract or shared confidential information that you think could benefit a competitor, it is important for you to speak with a Los Angeles breach of contract lawyer with a record of getting results. We have additional information about breach of contract actions available on our website, and you can use the form on this page or contact our firm at (323) 405-1002 to have our Los Angeles breach of contract attorney review your case.
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