Posted on 5/20/120 by Colin Vassallo
Jerry McDevitt, the attorney who represents WWE in high-
profile cases, went all guns blazing when responding to
Martha Hart’s comments which she gave to CBS Sports
regarding the lawsuit against WWE.
McDevitt accused the Kansas City lawyer who Martha hired for
getting caught “essentially trying to fix the judicial
selection process” to get a judge that was more to their
liking. When WWE realized what was happening, McDevitt said
that they want to the Missouri Supreme Court which appointed
an independent judge from outside of Kansas City to oversee
“We were basically trying to find out what happened that
night. Martha was not even remotely interested in finding
out what happened that night; she just wanted to used it as
a vehicle to beat up a business that she didn’t like that
her husband was in, the wrestling business,” McDevitt said.
The veteran criminal and civil attorney then added that
Martha and her legal team were trying to get other Hart
family members to sign a document to support her side in
exchange for money, which he called highly illegal and
“What happened was some of the members of the Hart family
were offended by this because they realized this was wrong…
They knew this was wrong and they faxed me those documents,
which I fell out of the chair when I read them. I was like,
‘You’ve got to be kidding me. This is completely illegal,
you can’t do this stuff.’ All of that was then brought to
the attention of the judge in Kansas City,” McDevitt said.
The case between WWE and Martha Hart was settled for $18
million, a million dollars more than what WWE originally
McDevitt recounted how Vince McMahon told Martha that he
felt responsible that it happened on his watch and wanted to
take care of her and her family.
“We offered $17 million to take care of her. How many times
does a CEO walk in a room and say he feels responsible? ‘I’m
not going to argue, I just feel responsible for what
happened.’ They turned it down; they wanted to go to court
for their $35 million. Fine, we’ll go and litigate,”
But the litigation didn’t go far as the next day, he got a
call from her attorney in Canada who told him they didn’t
want to go to litigation because of the evidence that WWE
had in hand.
“They said, ‘If you could put a little more money in. If you
can go to $18 million we’ll settle right now.’ That’s how
the settlement went down,” he concluded.