A plagiarism lawsuit filed by Anthony Duane Wilson against both WWE and AEW was dismissed without prejudice earlier this month, reports Pwinsider.
The handwritten lawsuit had been filed by Wilson in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Youngstown, accusing WWE and AEW of “plagiarism, market damages, product damages, personal damages, and financial damages.”
The lawsuit was dismissed on November 3 by Judge Benita Y. Pearson who held that neither WWE nor AEW had been served within 90 days of the lawsuit being filed in August.
The lawsuit claimed that “WWE, its contractors, and employees have on multiple dates used my creative works without permission, infringing on my wrestling gimmicks, names, slogans and likeness.”
As for AEW, Wilson alleged that he wanted to start his own company and talked with “members of the Bullet Club to join me in the venture of starting my company.”
He further added that “they stole the plans from me and my social media pages and cut me out without giving credit or the portion I am entitled to as the creator.”
Wilson stated that WWE and AEW caused him “market damages, product damages, personal damages, financial damages. WWE an (sic) AEW are still using infringing works of mine, claiming they created these things and are not crediting me or paying for them, Many of which are not for sale. This will follow me my entire career. This has cost me work outside of professional wrestling and inside professional wrestling. These things have cost me fans an (sic) income. Several of these infringements were done maliciously to damage my reputation an (sic) career, attempting to embarrass me or waste my time. I’m a writer an (sic) professional wrestler, my creative works are my livelyhood (sic). From my research, I was informed if you cut out an original partner or the creator control of the company belongs to the exiled party. I’m seeking control of AEW an (sic) removal of stolen works, a public apology an (sic) a financial settlement for damages, my works an (sic) career will see until I retire. WWE Board Chair, WWE Stock for freelance work an (sic) business tactics of mine. Return all ships and plunder.”
Wilson claimed $250,000,000 in damages, and since the lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice, he could file again if he wanted.
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A plagiarism lawsuit filed against both WWE and AEW has been dismissed without prejudice, according to recent reports. The lawsuit, filed by Anthony Duane Wilson, accused the wrestling companies of plagiarism, market damages, product damages, personal damages, and financial damages.
The lawsuit was dismissed on November 3 by Judge Benita Y. Pearson in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Youngstown. The judge ruled that neither WWE nor AEW had been served within the required 90 days of the lawsuit being filed in August.
In his handwritten lawsuit, Wilson claimed that WWE and its contractors and employees had used his creative works without permission. He alleged that they infringed on his wrestling gimmicks, names, slogans, and likeness. As for AEW, Wilson claimed that he had wanted to start his own company and had discussions with members of the Bullet Club to join him. However, he alleged that they stole his plans from his social media pages and cut him out without giving credit or the portion he was entitled to as the creator.
Wilson stated that WWE and AEW caused him market damages, product damages, personal damages, and financial damages. He claimed that they were still using his infringing works without crediting him or paying for them. He also mentioned that several of these infringements were done maliciously to damage his reputation and career.
In terms of damages, Wilson claimed $250,000,000. Since the lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice, he has the option to file again if he chooses to do so.
It is important to note that this lawsuit dismissal does not determine the validity of Wilson’s claims. It simply means that the case was dismissed due to procedural issues. The allegations made by Wilson will need to be further examined if he decides to pursue legal action again.
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