WWE CEO and XFL founder Vince McMahon has been hit with a lawsuit from former XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck who is claiming money is still owed to him following his alleged wrongful termination prior to the American Football league filing for bankruptcy in April.
Filed in Connecticut Federal Court late last week, the lawsuit specifically named McMahon who funded the XFL before it went bankrupt halfway through its inaugural season. It disputes the reasons for Luck’s termination, claiming that McMahon breached certain guarantees within the former CEO’s employment contract.
As was reported by Law360, a redacted complaint on behalf of Luck stated: “Mr. Luck wholly disputes and rejects the allegations set forth in the termination letter and contends they are pretextual and devoid of merit.”
The XFL kicked off in February for its second inaugural reboot season. However, the competition was forced to end due to the global COVID-19 outbreak. Shortly following the end to competitive play the league shut operations and laid off staff, with McMahon’s Alpha Entertainment ultimately filing for bankruptcy on 13 April.
That said, Luck is said not to be seeking any action against Alpha.
A statement to Law360 on behalf of McMahon from attorney James A Wright III of K&L Gates LLP said Luck’s post was terminated on April 9 for reasons set forth in his termination letter. The statement read: “As to the lawsuit he filed, his allegations will be disputed and the position of Mr McMahon will be set forth in our response to his lawsuit.”