rejects injunction in Sterlings' battle for Clippers
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[June 20, 2014]
By Eric Kelsey
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles
judge on Thursday rejected a bid by Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife
of Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling, to issue an injunction
against her husband and his legal team after her attorneys accused them
Shelly Sterling's lawyers had alleged that Sterling, 80, and one
of his lawyers had threatened the physicians who deemed that her
husband is not mentally fit enough to run the team and should have
no say in its NBA record $2 billion sale to former Microsoft chief
executive Steve Ballmer.
Sterling's attorney, Maxwell Blecher, said he was gratified by the
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas told both sides to
tone down their high emotions.
Evidence submitted by Shelly Sterling's lawyers included accusations
that Sterling shouted "I am going to take you out O'Donnell" to
Shelly Sterling's attorney Pierce O'Donnell, who considered it a
death threat, according to the filing.
The injunction request was the latest legal twist in a battle for
control of the National Basketball Association franchise since
Sterling was banned for life from the league in April after private
racist remarks he made were taped and leaked publicly.
Shelly Sterling has asked a probate court to confirm her as the
controlling owner of the team after Donald Sterling promised to
block the franchise's sale.
The physicians found that Sterling has dementia consistent with
early Alzheimer's disease. The finding triggers a clause in the
Sterling Family Trust that would hand sole control of the Clippers
to Shelly Sterling and eliminate any say Sterling could have in its
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Sterling also left voice messages for two of the physicians that
examined him last month vowing to see them lose their medical
license, according to the filing.
A four-day trial in probate court is set to begin on July 7 and
offer a resolution ahead of the NBA owners' July 15 vote on whether
to approve the sale to Ballmer.
Sterling, who originally approved the deal with Ballmer, has also
sued the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver for at least $1 billion,
alleging he was forced to sell the team due to a recording made
illegally according to California law.
Silver has said an agreement struck with Shelly Sterling indemnifies
the league against any legal action taken by her husband, so the
Sterling Family Trust would have to pay any possible damages
(Editing by Bernard Orr)
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