Things are about to get really ugly between former friends Colt Cabana and CM Punk as Cabana has sued Punk to the tune of $1.2 million, claiming that Punk “acted with fraud, malice and oppression toward Colton, with the deliberate intention of causing Colton harm.”
The lawsuit, filed on August 7 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, asks for $200,000 in general damages, along with $1 million in punitive and exemplary damages, reports The Chicago Sun Times.
Cabana, real name Scott Colton, is claiming that CM Punk has promised to help him out with the legal bills they had to pay to fight the lawsuit brought forward by WWE doctor Chris Amann. Cabana says that Punk offered to cover 100% of his legal fees but he failed to keep that promise.
In the lawsuit, an e-mail is produced which was sent by Punk to Cabana reading, “To date I have spent $513,736 dollars on this Amman lawsuit. My outstanding current bill is at least 300k. Half of all this is yours. Divide the 513,736 by 2 and that is what you owe me and what I expect you to pay me. Starting now I will no longer be paying your bills. You are on your own. Whatever my bill is currently, will be cut in half, and half will be yours. If you choose to make this all ugly, that’s fine too. I hope you won’t, but I gave up on you doing what is right a long time ago.”
The two employed the services of Loeb & Loeb with the agreement that they would bill Punk for all the services rendered. After Punk sent the above e-mail, the two eventually decided to retain the same counsel even though Cabana was ready to switch. “Despite your unwillingness to contribute to your legal fees, I am still prepared to represent you, and Phil is prepared to have me represent you and cover your legal fees going forward, as long as there is no conflict between you and Phil that prevents me from fairly and ethically representing you. At this time I don’t believe that any such conflict exists,” reads an e-mail from the attorney firm.
In March, Loeb & Loeb stopped representing Cabana and he then asked the firm of Ashman & Stein to continue to represent him in the lawsuit. The firm charged Cabana a total of $200,000 for their services and after the firm notified Punk’s counsel of his demand for reimbursement, Loeb & Loeb replied saying that there would be no restitution of money.
The two got off free from the lawsuit after jury voted in their favor, leaving Dr. Chris Amann empty handed.
You can read the 15-page lawsuit in full below.