A Nevada judge has denied a request by former Medient Studios CEO Manu Kumaran to extend a temporary restraining order against the Savannah-area film company.
Kumaran sued the company’s new leaders after he was ousted in an apparent hostile takeover last month. He’s asking a judge to dissolve the company and appoint a receiver to wind down its affairs.
Earlier this month, Judge Jerome Polaha of Nevada’s Second Judicial District Court granted Kumaran’s request for a restraining order. It required Medient to temporarily halt business operations.
The judge is now declining to extend that order. He has scheduled a trial to consider Kumaran’s complaint for April 20, 2015, according to a court clerk.
Medient also faces a lawsuit from Jay Self, a former employee who previously worked as the head of Savannah’s film office.
CORRECTION: Attorneys for Medient are asking for reimbursement for attorneys' fees related to Wednesday's hearing. A court clerk says the judge will rule on that issue within the next two weeks.
Kumaran has also requested compensation for attorneys' fees.