In February it was reported that WWE was facing legal action from a fan who alleged that they had suffered hearing loss after attending WrestleMania 38.
The event took place on April 2nd and 3rd 2022, with over 75,000 fans packing into AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas each night. While the event was deemed a success by a huge number of fans and critics alike, that allegedly wasn’t the case for Marvin Jackson.
On January 12, Jackson filed a lawsuit that claimed he had lost hearing in his left ear due to pyrotechnics used at the show. The suit alleged that the use of pyrotechnics indoors was an “abnormally dangerous activity,” despite WWE regularly using such displays as part of their shows for decades.
However, on May 9th, Judge Mark T. Pittman ruled to dismiss the lawsuit.
You can find the full order from the judge here, while the conclusion is below.
“Because the Court finds that Jackson is subject to the Arbitration Agreement and there is no real dispute by Jackson’s injury falls within the Arbitration Agreement’s scope, WWE’s motion to compel arbitration is GRANTED. 1 This action is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE in favor of arbitral proceedings to be instituted by Jackson against WWE, as provided for in their Arbitration Agreement. See Alford v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., 975 F.2d 1161, 1164 (5th Cir. 1992) (upholding dismissal with prejudice of claims when all the party’s claims were subject to arbitration). A final judgment will issue by separate order.”
News Comes After Lawsuit Against WWE Boss Is Dropped
It was recently confirmed that a group of shareholders has dropped their lawsuit against Vince McMahon. On May 3rd the group said their claims became moot when McMahon agreed to repay $17.4 million to WWE for their investigation into his conduct. Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster granted the motion on the same day.