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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 12:08pm

Nevada Judge Denies Former Medient CEO’s Request For Restraining Order, Sets Trial Date

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.

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