Jesse Ventura takes Vince McMahon and Titan Sports to Court - 05-13


In 1987, while negotiating his contract as a WWF commentator, Jesse Ventura waived his rights to royalties on videotape sales when he was wrongly told that only feature performers received such royalties. In November 1991, having learned that other non-feature performers received royalties, Ventura brought an action for fraud, misappropriation of publicity rights, and quantum meruit in Minnesota state court against Titan Sports asking for the amount of $2 million in royalties based on a fair market value share. Titan moved the case to federal court, and Ventura won an $801,333 jury verdict on the last claim. In addition, the judge awarded him $8,625 in back pay for all non-video WWF merchandising featuring Ventura.