As previously reported, TNA filed a lawsuit in court in Nashville against WWE and former TNA and WWE office worker Brian Wittenstein for interference with existing contracts, conversion, breach of contract, civil conspiracy, unfair competition, and violation of the Tennessee Uniform Trade Secrets Act. They are also suing Wittenstein for breach of duty of loyalty. The Nashville City Paper covered the TNA lawsuit against WWE.
In their report, WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt commented, “Our reaction is that no good deed ever goes unpunished. What the WWE did here is what you would hope any company would do in these circumstances it found itself in.”
What McDevitt is trying to explain is, following WWE informing TNA that Brian Wittenstein was offering up “insider” TNA information, the company are feeling unfairly blamed.
TNA claims that WWE is now using the knowledge obtained from Wittenstein to their advantage, and is trying to “poach contracted talent” from the company. “This wrongful disclosure and misappropriation allows WWE to effectively price TNA out of the market and cause irreparable harm to TNA’s business and profitability,” the lawsuit reads. “WWE now knows the confidential details of TNA’s business affairs including its marketing and business strategy and analysis, which leaves TNA vulnerable to WWE’s unfair position in the market,” the lawsuit reads.
The lawsuit continues, “In order to injure TNA and gain a competitive advantage, WWE intentionally interfered with TNA’s contractual relationship with Ric Flair and maliciously used the trade secrets and confidential information provided by Wittenstein to approach Ric Flair.”
A restraining order requiring WWE and Wittenstein to return any inside information Wittenstein retained and brought to WWE is a temporary order through the June 11 court hearing, according to the report.