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The WWE lawsuit with Martha Hart, the widow of the late Owen Hart, has finally been settled. According to Rajah.com on April 3, the two sides finally came to an agreement on the royalties concerning using Owen's image.
The WWE lawsuit settlement was announced by Martha Hart, Vince McMahon and Linda McMahon on Wednesday. No details were revealed but it appears that the WWE will once again be able to use Owen Hart's likeness for future projects and will compensate Martha for the usage.
Owen Hart died in a tragic accident in 1999 at a WWE pay-per-view. He was portraying a superhero character known as the Blue Blazer and was repelling from the ceiling into the ring when the bungee slipped and he fell to the ring, hitting his head on the corner buckle and dying from a broken neck.
The relationship between the Hart family and the WWE fractured after that. Bret Hart, Owen's brother, was already on the outs with Vince McMahon and this only fuelled his hatred even further. Bret and Vince eventually buried the hatchet a decade later and Bret now makes occasional legends appearances in the WWE.
However, the WWE lawsuit filed by Martha Hart was full of venom and has not lessened in the last decade.
The WWE lawsuit was in place to keep the WWE from making any money off Owen Hart's name or likeness, which Martha Hart gained the rights through after his death. This has caused, among other things, to keep Owen Hart out of the WWE Hall of Fame.