By RANDALL CHASE
AP Business Writer
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Kentucky officials are suing bankrupt theme
park operator Six Flags Inc. over ownership of rides and equipment
at a shuttered amusement park in Louisville.
State officials contend that the rides are considered fixtures
to the land on which Kentucky Kingdom sits, much of which is owned
by the Kentucky State Fair Board.
In a Delaware bankruptcy court filing, Kentucky officials are
seeking a declaration that the state owns the rides, and an order
preventing Six Flags from removing them.
The state filed the lawsuit late last week after learning that
Six Flags had positioned trucks to begin removing equipment. It
preceded the lawsuit with a letter to Six Flags instructing the
company not to remove the rides.
Six Flags has filed a countersuit, claiming that it owns the
rides and that the lawsuit by Kentucky is prohibited by the
bankruptcy code. Six Flags is seeking court permission to remove
the rides and a permanent restraining order prohibiting the state
from trying to take possession.
A pretrial conference in the dispute is scheduled for April 14.
Kentucky officials have said at least four companies have
expressed interest in taking over Kentucky Kingdom, and that a new
operator could be in place by summer.
The park was the only one of the company's 14 U.S. theme parks
to be closed under bankruptcy restructuring. The company said it
was unable to resolve a lease dispute with the Kentucky Fair Board.
Last year, lawyers for the park and the family of a Louisville
teenager whose feet were severed when a ride malfunctioned agreed
on a settlement that would provide lifetime care for the young
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