Things haven't been so great for L.A. Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, who's pro basketball team is once again near the bottom of the regular season standings.
Sterling has also been sued by his former general manager, Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor, and paid a huge, nearly $3 million settlement involving a housing discrimination lawsuit.
But just recently, the Santa Monica Daily Press reports, Sterling finally won one — a lawsuit, that is.
At one of Sterling's rental properties, the pro basketball owner refused to take a Section 8 voucher from an elderly widow, Elisheba Sabi, as partial payment for her monthly rent.
Sabi sued in 2004 with help from the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, lost her case, then appealed to a state appellate court. In a recent ruling, the judges found in Sterling's favor, saying property owners don't have to accept Section 8 vouchers.
Sterling is no stranger to the court system.
In a 2008, L.A. Weekly cover story, titled “Donald T. Sterling's Skid Row Mirage,” which examines Sterling's bogus claim that he was going to build a homeless shelter in downtown L.A., we also detail the billionaire's numerous legal adventures.
Some of which involve the 2002 lawsuit of his apparent mistress, Alexandra Castro,
for the title to a $1 million Beverly Hills home. The case was settled for
A 2001 lawsuit by the city of Santa Monica, which claimed he harassed eight tenants in
three rent-controlled buildings by threatening to evict them for having
potted plants on balconies. He paid $25,000 in settlements.
And in 2005, Sterling settled a housing-discrimination
lawsuit filed by the Housing Rights Center, which represented more than a
dozen tenants. He paid nearly $5 million in legal fees and a probably
much larger, but undisclosed, sum to plaintiffs.
Now bloggers have been wondering if former Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy, who was fired this season, will have to sue Sterling to pay out the remaining monies from his contract.
It's the kind of speculation that's not far off the mark.
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