Over the past two weeks, there have been quite a few developments in Space Race, LLC’s attempt to collect a nearly 1.4 million dollar arbitration award from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC).
The New York Affair
As previously posted, Space Race, LLC, the company behind the STEM-based cartoon series Space Racers, won an arbitration against the USSRC and is asking a New York Court to affirm the decision. The first hearing of that case was held in February and late last week we got the official transcript. Judge Andrea Masley set out to get a better understanding behind the arbitration and sought to understand why the USSRC objected to the case being heard in her court. At the end of the hearing, Judge Masley signed a temporary restraining order to prevent the USSRC from attending an emergency hearing in a Madison County Alabama court. She also requested more detailed briefs from the USSRC explaining their position on jurisdiction along with a follow-up brief in response to the USSRC from Space Race, LLC. The next hearing is set for March 8, 2019. You can read the entire transcript from the hearing below.
Meanwhile in Alabama…
The surprises just keep on coming with the second legal action filed in Alabama by the USSRC. As Space Race, LLC was able to get the aforementioned temporary restraining order against the USSRC, they also appear to have removed the case in question from Alabama courts to US Federal District Court for Northern Alabama. With that move Space Race, LLC has retained the services of Birmingham law firm of Balch & Bingham to coordinate the effort. Another set of attorneys for Balch and Bingham are also currently handling 2014 federal lawsuit against the USSRC concerning a failed licensing agreement for a Space Camp Korea franchise. As of now there is no hearing date set.
[USSRC Lawsuit Tracker] [Space Racers Timeline of Events]
[Click Here to Download Hearing Transcript in PDF Format]