A judge ruled in favor of Shelly Sterling on all three counts, rejecting virtually all of Donald Sterling’s arguments in the probate trial in Los Angeles Superior Court.
In a tentative oral decision, Judge Michael Levanas ruled in Sterling’s favor on all three counts and rejected virtually all of Donald Sterling’s arguments in the probate trial in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The ruling included the extraordinary step of granting Shelly Sterling’s request for an order that allows the sale to be completed regardless of an appellate court’s intervention.
Judge Michael Levanas also ruled that Shelly Sterling acted properly when two doctors declared her husband mentally incapacitated in May under terms of the Sterling Family Trust before she proceeded to agree to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer.
The NBA praised the ruling in a statement released shortly after the decision.
“We are pleased that the court has affirmed Shelly Sterling’s right to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer. We look forward to the transaction closing as soon as possible.”
The sale of the Clippers to Ballmer will proceed.