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Old 03-10-2013, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The lawsuit brought by former TNA star Shannon "Daffney" Spruill against TNA stemming from payment of medical bills for injuries occurred during her run with the company was settled Friday morning during a mediation session scheduled just prior to the two sides going to court for a hearing.

Sources indicate that the hearing would have seen the presiding judge rule over whether a portion of the case that saw Spruill alleging that she was an employee, not an independent contract (as TNA had claimed) would be separated from the rest of the lawsuit and seen as a different case altogether. Once that hearing was set, TNA approached Spruill's side about mediating a settlement.

TNA executives Dean Broadhead and Steven Small had been deposed in the lawsuit and Dixie Carter was scheduled to be deposed on 4/3.

With the out of court settlement, the case is now finished and the independent contractor vs. employee issue will not be heard in court.

Spruill's lawsuit was based around her injuries at the Bound for Glory 2009 PPV, which according to the documents exceeded over $26,000. In the lawsuit, Spruill alleged that TNA made a $600 payment on the bill. When Spruill received a letter requesting payment for the balance, she alleged Terry Taylor told her that the company would pay the remainder. TNA did not, leading to Spruill receiving several more demands for payment. Spruill also claimed that one letter stated that TNA had declined to pay the balance, citing her as an "independent contractor", despite what she had been told by Taylor. Taylor is no longer with TNA.

The lawsuit also alleged that TNA's Texas attorney (Texas is where their parent company is based) had advised the company to delay payment in an attempt to eventually settle the debt for a smaller amount. Spruill's side claimed to have proof of this via emails forwarded by Taylor to Spruill. As a result of this, and the Texas TNA attorney negotiating a smaller payment with the medical provider, Spruill's side had the attorney named as a witness in the case and had him deposed as well

The lawsuit alleged that TNA did eventually settle the claim in the amount of $8,000 but not before Spruill had to deal with being called by creditors and receiving additional material demanding payment for over a year. The company also made a $9,556.00 payment made for medical treatment needed after Spruill was injured at an April 2010 Impact taping in Orlando, FL against Rosie Lottalove.

Spruill, who had remained mostly silent on the lawsuit, commented this morning on the settlement, writing on Twitter:

"I’d like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the love and support over the past two years. I appreciate so much that you recognize the HUGE injustice that is being done to Professional Wrestlers throughout the industry. I hope my case has opened up a few blind eyes and maybe now we, the wrestlers who put our bodies on the line every time we step in the ring, are one step closer to being provided with medical coverage and all the benefits that go along with being a true employee and not an independent contractor."
Looks like TNA got scared of wrestlers being ruled as employees. They didn't want that precedent set. It's funny, if just one wrestler would go all the way with a lawsuit they probably would get that independent contractor bullshit thrown out of court.
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good.

Generally TNA seem to act with a lot of class, but this whole Daffney thing was a stain on their corporate character. Even if she wasn't a contracted employee, the decent, right, thing to do would be to pay up, bearing in mind she was injured working for them.

The whole independent contractor thing is a nightmare though - my second job is worked on the basis of being an independent contractor so even though I work for the same employer year-round and I pretty much do full-time hours for them (hey, I work hard!), they get out of paying me a pension, redundancy, all sorts of benefits. I get a few tax breaks and technically I can decide when and if I do work for them, but in reality if I decide to take 3 months off, they'll just get someone else to do the work then I'd be screwed when I came back, so that's not really a plus.

Glad it's sorted out though - I liked Daffney.
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Thats really good news. TNA were being assholes about it for some reason.
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Hopefully TNA have learned a lesson from this.
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Good. Glad to hear it went Daffney's way.
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Great to hear. TNA were shady as hell about this incident. Daffney deserved better.
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I'm glad it went her way. It was wrong how they handled it. Independent or not. She was injured at a TNA event. TNA should have to cover it. She worked for them that night. I'm sure they paid her to wrestle Bound For Glory. TNA should have insurance on any wrestler that works an event regardless. This was shady
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Glad it worked out for her. The whole independent contractor thing is bullshit and just a loop hole. If you sign a contract and are only allowed to work for one company, you aren't an independent contractor.
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Glad it worked out for her. The whole independent contractor thing is bullshit and just a loop hole. If you sign a contract and are only allowed to work for one company, you aren't an independent contractor.
You said it right there!

Good for her. I loved that crazy chick's work in TNA, and she really went all out to help the company, which was what made her my favorite Knockout. This is long overdue for her! smh @ TNA for taking so long, but thank goodness that things went in her favor in the end.
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Looks like TNA got scared of wrestlers being ruled as employees. They didn't want that precedent set. It's funny, if just one wrestler would go all the way with a lawsuit they probably would get that independent contractor bullshit thrown out of court.
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