NBA Secures Dismissal of Suit by Former LA Clippers Owner

Skadden has secured the dismissal with prejudice of the appeal of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s lawsuit against two firm clients: the National Basketball Association and Commissioner Adam Silver. Mr. Sterling challenged a fine and lifetime ban — both imposed by the NBA after a recording of him making numerous racially charged comments was released to the media — prohibiting his involvement in the business operations or management of the Clippers. He also challenged the sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer, to which Mr. Sterling had previously consented. In addition, Mr. Sterling sought monetary damages in excess of $1 billion from the NBA and Silver. On Nov. 18, Mr. Sterling submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit a stipulated motion to dismiss the appeal. The parties further stipulated that all claims, including state law claims, shall be deemed dismissed with prejudice for all purposes. On Nov. 23, the 9th Circuit granted the motion and dismissed with prejudice the appeal. Skadden also secured the lower court’s dismissal of Mr. Sterling’s claims in March 2016.