WWE seeking to block concussion-related lawsuits

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – World Wrestling Entertainment is asking a federal judge to block lawsuits by former wrestlers who claim they have suffered long-term health problems from concussions they received in the ring.

The Stamford-based company, in its own lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut on Monday, argues the wrestlers’ claims are fraudulent and barred because of a three-year statute of limitations on such claims in Connecticut.

The company, which already is facing several lawsuits across the nation, is also asking that all such litigation be moved to federal court in Connecticut.

Former Wrestler Robert Windham, who wrestled under the name “Blackjack Mulligan,” is one of those named in WWE’s lawsuit. He says he has been diagnosed with dementia and blood clots in his brain, and feels abandoned by WWE.

By PAT EATON-ROBB, AP Sports Writer

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