NBC executives, who expect to air the 69th Golden Globes broadcast in January, 2012, may be holding their breath in anxiety as the legal battles escalate over the popular program, which just weeks ago presented its latest round of entertainment accolades. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, owner of the Globes, sued Dick Clark Productions in November in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

In its complaint (posted online courtesy of courthousenews.com), the foreign press group says that after two decades of putting on the Globes, Dick Clark Productions had “dropped all pretense of cooperation or good faith” in attempt to “assume complete control over the rights to the show when it reached an eight-year broadcast agreement with NBC sans its approval or consideration.” Variety details, concisely, the legal hurdles to be overcome by the press group to prevail in its suit. Federal judge Valerie Baker Fairbank ordered both sides to file briefs and set a March hearing.

The New York Times reports that Dick Clark Productions’ lawyers envision a trial date late this year, perhaps in December, while press association lawyers were aiming for March 5, 2012. Neither date would allow “sufficient time to take reasonable commercial steps for the production and distribution of the television broadcast of the 69th annual Golden Globes Awards Show,” the paper says.