CHARLOTTE -- The Danger Rangers are learning a new lesson. Not about safety, but about the law.
Educational Adventures, headquartered in Charlotte, produces Danger Rangers, a cartoon aimed at keeping kids safe. However, just as the cartoon is getting an international audience, the ownership group is under a legal attack from within.
“Danger Rangers are a cool group of action adventure heroes who through music and animation and video, they solve emergency problems," said John Falkenbury, Senior Vice President of Educational Adventures.
Sully the seal, Burble the bear and the other cast of characters of Danger Rangers are teaching our kids about everyday dangers.
Falkenbury said it has taken seven years to get the Danger Rangers to take off, “We went full airing on PBS stations last fall. We're on 175 PBS stations and 175 countries"
A lawsuit was recently filed by an investor in the company claiming fraud and financial mismanagement. The Allegiance EA Fund spent $6.5 million last year to help support the Danger Rangers.
The investor didn't want to comment on camera, but attorneys say they stand by their suit. It claims the plaintiffs now believe the founder of the show has been improperly operating EA and EA has failed to comply with the original contract.
“We do believe it is without merit. We are going to vigorously defend the lawsuit. We are going to file a countersuit against the Allegiance EA Fund," said Falkenbury.
There are 13 episodes already airing of Danger Rangers with 17 more on the way.
The show's producers say the lawsuit couldn't have come at a worse time, just as the Danger Rangers are saving kids around the world.
The hearing will be held next month in the North Carolina business court.
For a complete look at the lawsuit, log on to the NC Business Court website by clicking Lawsuit.