Every year at their annual Wrestlemania event, the WWE attempts to stop people from selling unauthorized merchandise and they set out to clamp down on it early this year. According to The Hollywood Reporter on April 3, the WWE filed a lawsuit against 100 John Does for bootlegging merchandise over "Wrestlemania 30" weekend.
The WWE also asked to have the lawsuit sealed from public knowledge, as they were asking to be given the power from the courts to go in and seize anything they felt was bootlegged or unauthorized materials. This is common, as music promoters do it as well before big concerts.
The judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan, denied the WWE's request for "Wrestlemania 30" weekend. The WWE asked for the court's permission to control a file mile radius surrounding the Superdome in New Orleans during the weekend's events.
According to the judge's ruling, the WWE labeled all the defendants as John Does and the judge said that wouldn't fly. The judgment said that would cause the courts to deputize the WWE with the power to seize any products they wished under their protection, which was not something she would allow in her court.
The biggest problem with the filing was that the WWE did not name a person, group of people, or even describe the people they were trying to stop, and it was just open for the WWE to choose who they went after if the courts found in their favor.
The WWE claimed in their court filing that they expected to make about $19 million in merchandise sales over "Wrestlemania 30" weekend and that the bootleg sales could cannibalize their sales and profits. The WWE has filed a motion for reconsideration.