Judge Approves Los Angeles Clippers $2 Billion Sale to Steve Ballmer

July 28, 2014Article
The Wrap

Despite Donald Sterling’s latest lawsuit filed last week to stop the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, the deal can proceed, a Los Angeles judge ruled Monday.

L.A. Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas rejected Sterling’s claims that his wife, Rochelle “Shelly” Sterling, had acted improperly in terminating him as co-trustee from the trust that owned the team, clearing the way for the $2 billion sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to move forward.

“Our team delivered an extraordinary result in a very short period of time, in a complex case that raised novel issues,” said Bob Baradaran, managing partner of Shelly Sterling’s legal team from Greenberg Glusker, in a statement given to TheWrap.  “This ruling will enable our client to consummate the historic, $2 billion sale of the Clippers, which will benefit not only her, but the fans, players and entire Los Angeles sports community.  Our hats go off to [litigator] Pierce [O’Donnell] and to the entire team.”

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