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Donald Sterling loses ruling, LA Clippers will be sold

Donald Sterling loses ruling, LA Clippers will be sold

Posted by Liliana Castaño on July 29, 2014

Shelly Sterling – and the Los Angeles Clippers – scored a clean sweep over Donald Sterling on Monday when a California judge issued a preliminary ruling that paves the way for the $2 billion sale of the team.

Judge Michael Levanas handed down an "oral tentative statement decision" that affirmed Shelly Sterling had the authority to reach an agreement in May to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who has set an Aug. 15 deadline to complete the deal. The judge said he would review objections before issuing a written ruling.

"I can't believe it's over. I feel good," Shelly Sterling said.

Even if Donald Sterling continues to fight, included in the judge's ruling is a provision in California trust law that allows Shelly Sterling to proceed with the sale of the team "as if no appeal were pending," according to provision 1310(b).

"We are pleased that the court has affirmed Shelly Sterling's right to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer," said Mike Bass, the NBA executive vice president, communications. " We look forward to the transaction closing as soon as possible."

After plenty of animated testimony in the weeks-long case, Levanas said the evidence showed that Shelly Sterling followed provisions of the Sterling Family Trust in having Donald examined by two doctors – who both found he was mentally incapacitated – and subsequently removed as co-trustee; that she has the authority to complete the sale of the team even though Donald revoked the trust June 9; and that the matter was urgent.

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