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Former wrestlers sue WWE over brain injuries

A group ofretired professional wrestlers and performers sued over long-term neurological injuries they sustained during their tenure withWWE.

The suit —brought by 53 plaintiffs including Jimmy Snuka, Joseph Laurinaitis and PaulOrndorff, known professionally as "Superfly," "Road WarriorAnimal" and "Mr. Wonderful," respectively — was filed in theU.S. District Court, District of Connecticut on July 18, and names WWE andChairman and CEO Vincent McMahon as defendants.

Theplaintiffs accuse the WWE of failing to care for their head injuries in a"medically competent or meaningful manner" and of fraudulentlymisrepresenting and concealing the extent of the injuries they sustained.Further, the plaintiffs claim that WWE intentionally misclassified them asindependent contractors in order to deny them certain rights and avoid payingthem money to which they were entitled.

Thewrestlers are seeking, among others, compensatory and punitive damages, aninjunction in favor of their requested medical monitoring, and payment of theirattorneys fees.

WWE said ina statement that the company is confident the lawsuit will suffer the same fateas two earlier suits which were dismissed, Reuters reported the same day.