Jurisdictional Issue Delays Sterling Trial

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A jurisdictional issue has delayed the start of a Los Angeles County Superior Court trial over whether the estranged wife of Donald Sterling has the authority to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

The trial was to have begun Monday morning but attorneys for Donald Sterling filed a motion seeking to move the case to federal court.

The Superior Court judge agreed the case must await a decision by a federal judge on the motion.

Shelly Sterling negotiated the team's sale after doctors examined her 80-year-old husband and declared him mentally incapacitated, ousting him as a trustee of the family trust that owns the Clippers.

Ben Bergman, business reporter for KPCC in Southern California, joins Here & Now's Robin Young with details.


  • Ben Bergman, reports on business for KPCC/Southern California Public Radio, with a focus on media, tech, and sports business. He tweets @thebenbergman.

This segment aired on July 7, 2014.


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