On March 26, the WWE filed a lawsuit against various anonymous defendants charged with bootlegging unauthorized merchandise at Wrestlemania. The WWE attempted to keep much of it hush-hush with a joint motion to seal.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan issued an extraordinary ruling that stood up to the WWE's attempt to control the five miles surrounding the Superdome.
"The problem with Plaintiff’s request is apparent once one recalls that the order it requests is not directed against a single named, identified, or even described person—all the defendants are John Does, and Plaintiff provides no particular information about the identity of any of them," she wrote. "At best, Plaintiff defines Defendants almost tautologically: Defendants are anyone who would be a proper defendant within broad geographic and temporal limits."