Can I tell you how cool it is to have a firm like Winston & Strawn defending us? I had a long call with Erin Ranahan, our amazing and brilliant lawyer today, and it really was such a positive experience.
So here is the skinny. Winston & Strawn filed a MOTION on behalf of Axanar based on certain aspects of Paramount/CBS’s COMPLAINT. This is not an ANSWER, but basically says “Wait, before we answer, we find the following fatal flaws in your complaint.”
Currently, Plaintiffs’ response is due February 29 and our reply is due March 7. If the court grants the parties’ stipulation to push out the deadlines, Plaintiffs will have till March 11th to respond, and then we have till the 28th to respond to their response. Then the judge will make a ruling (There is a possibility of a hearing, but this judge doesn’t seem to do that much).
Based on that outcome, two things can happen:
1) The judge denies the entire MOTION, finding in favor of Plaintiffs. We then have 14 business days to file an ANSWER to the original COMPLAINT (unless the Court sets another deadline).
2) The judge grants some part of the MOTION for Axanar and then Plaintiffs have the opportunity to file a new COMPLAINT, within the timeframe ordered by the Court (typically around 10 days), which we would then have 14 days to file an ANSWER (unless the Court sets another deadline).
And basically EVERYTHING you have read online about this case is wrong.
So that is where we are!