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Judge won't hear Sonics ownership lawsuit until June 2009

SEATTLE, Wash. - Former SuperSonics owner Howard Schultz's legal effort to regain control of the club will have to wait until after next season. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman has set trial for June 15, 2009, on Schultz's lawsuit.

He is seeking to overturn his sale of the team to Clay Bennett of Oklahoma City in 2006. Pechman heard the city of Seattle's case against Bennett, which ended in a settlement that allowed the team to relocate to Oklahoma City. She has set aside seven days for a nonjury trial on Schultz's lawsuit.

He claims Bennett failed to follow through on his promise to make a good-faith effort get a new arena built to keep the team in Seattle.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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