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Donald Sterling drops family trust from lawsuit against NBA

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Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling drops family trust from his federal antitrust lawsuit against the NBA

Donald Sterling voluntarily dismissed the Sterling Family Trust from his federal antitrust lawsuit against the NBA on Thursday.

In a one-page stipulation filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the NBA also agreed to drop the trust from its counterclaim filed against Sterling earlier this month.

Sterling remains a plaintiff in the case, however, and his attorney, Maxwell Blecher, confirmed the dismissal doesn’t apply to his client. The NBA’s counterclaim against Sterling remains in place, as well.

Sterling and the trust sued the NBA in May after his wife, Shelly, agreed to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Before the $2-billion sale closed last week, the Sterlings owned the franchise through the trust.

During court testimony in July, Sterling pledged to sue the NBA for the remainder of his life.

Sterling’s response to the NBA’s counterclaim is due Sept. 17.

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