38 Studios trial date pushed back to Sept. 15


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A trial in the civil lawsuit over Rhode Island’s failed 38 Studios deal is now scheduled to begin Sept. 15, two weeks later than initially planned and nearly four years after state leaders brought the case.

R.I. Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein issued a pretrial order Thursday that set the new trial date and laid out a schedule for other court proceedings before it begins. Jury selection in the trial will kick off Sept. 15, with the trial itself to start the day after jury selection is complete.

Among other matters, Silverstein said he will address motions for summary judgment on Feb. 26, Feb. 29 and March 4. Motions to change the venue for the trial are due March 15. Exhibit lists and witness lists are due Aug. 8. Juror questionnaires will be handled in August and September.

The case has been tangled up in the courts since November 2012, when the Chafee administration sued some of the architects of the 38 Studios deal, alleging they acted inappropriately in putting the transaction together. The defendants include 38 Studios founder and former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling, as well as various companies that were involved.

Six of the 14 defendants have agreed to settlements, while the other eight continue to defend themselves in court. Retired R.I. Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank Williams was appointed to mediate the case last May.Ted Nesi (tnesi@wpri.com) covers politics and the economy for WPRI.com. He hosts Executive Suite and writes The Saturday Morning Post. Follow him on Twitter: @tednesi

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