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Ex-Clippers owner Donald Sterling's NBA antitrust suit dismissed

LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge has dismissed a $600 million antitrust lawsuit filed by former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling against the NBA and his wife, Shelly Sterling.

In the Tuesday order, U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin said he was "skeptical Sterling suffered any injury at all, let alone an antitrust injury" by the sale of the team for $2 billion to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and called other parts of the lawsuit implausible.

Donald Sterling, 81, had claimed in the lawsuit that he could have gotten more than that for the team but the circumstances of the sale "markedly reduced" the price.

The real estate mogul's legal team was considering whether to appeal the decision and planned to file a separate lawsuit related to the matter in state court, according to Sterling's attorney Bobby Samini.

"While we are not entirely surprised by the ruling, our client remains committed to the cause," Samini wrote in an email, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Shelly Sterling's attorney, Pierce O'Donnell, said in a statement that the dismissal "puts a merciful end to his quixotic litigation campaign over the sale for the record-shattering price of $2 billion."

O'Donnell added that, "Ironically, Donald, in defeat, is the beneficiary of $2 billion, secured by Shelley in her courageous battle in doing the right thing to protect her family and ensure that her beloved team would be sold to a conscientious owner who would take the team to the next level of excellence."

The NBA declined to comment on the ruling.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the league for life in 2014 and fined him $2.5 million over recorded racist remarks that he made to a friend.

The dismissed lawsuit had also named Silver, his predecessor as commissioner David Stern, and two doctors who examined Donald Sterling and determined that he had symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, leading his wife to remove him from a family trust that owned the Clippers at the time.

Earlier this month, Sterling and his long-estranged wife, Shelly, decided to remain in their marriage of 60 years, backing out of a divorce he had filed for in August.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.