Vince McMahon, WWE, John Laurinaitis have until May 14 to formulate response for Janel Grant lawsuit, will have separate counsel

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Waivers of summons have been handed out to the defendants in the high-profile lawsuit brought forward by Janel Grant, recent filings have confirmed.

Vince McMahon, WWE and John Laurinaitis were given waivers of summons on March 15, as first obtained by Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics. This means they have to respond by May 14, which is 60 days after when the summons were delivered.

The waiver of the service of summons, a document that recognizes being served for a legal case, has revealed information regarding who is representing McMahon and WWE.

Daniel Toal from the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP law firm represented WWE on their file. It is the same legal firm WWE used to complete a massive merger with the UFC last year to form TKO, and for when they settled an antitrust lawsuit against MLW.

As previously mentioned in reports, McMahon is represented by Jessica T. Rosenberg of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP. Edward Brennan will represent Laurinaitis.

The recent news is the biggest development in the case’s movement since it first emerged in January, as we now know when we will hear from the defendants.

The lawsuit alleges that former WWE staffer Grant suffered “physical and emotional abuse, sexual assault and trafficking” while with the company. The 67-page document filed by Grant in January provided graphic recounting of alleges scenarios and text messages as well.

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