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WWE notes: Supreme Court won't hear concussion lawsuit; new hire


Editor's Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the U.S. Supreme Court of Connecticut.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a appeal from several former pro wrestlers suing WWE for claiming the company didn't protect them from head injuries that led to CTE and other medical issues, ending a six-year legal journey.

The suit was dismissed in 2020 by the U.S. Court of Appeals, but in February, lawyer Konstantine Kyros said he would appeal to the highest court in the country. No explanations were given for declining to hear the case which is common practice.

Five plaintiffs (Billy Jack Haynes (William Haynes), Russ McCullough, Ryan Sakoda, Luther Reigns (Matthew Wiese) and the wife of the late Nelson “Viscera” Frazier) remained on the suit that began more than six years ago with as many as 50 plaintiffs.

WWE lawyer Jerry McDevitt told the Associated Press, "We're glad it's finally over. We were completely vindicated.''

Due to failing to comply with both court orders and rules, Kyros owes WWE more than $500,000 in legal fees following a 2018 ruling by U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant.


WWE's front office changes continued Monday as Variety reported Claudine Lilien is their new senior vice president and head of global sales and partnerships under Stephanie McMahon.

She will be responsible for overseeing the company's day-to-day sales and partnership operations, leading the sales team, and increasing both sponsors and promotional partners.

Lilien was most recently a senior VP of client management and solutions at Fox Sports where she led the sales and marketing efforts for SmackDown among other Fox Sports properties. She had been within the Fox family since 1993.