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Jurisdictional issue delays Sterling trial

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Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sits with his wife, Shelly, during a Clippers game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles.

Updated Monday, July 7, 2014 | 10:08 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — 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.

Parties have been told to return to court at 11 a.m. PDT.

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.

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