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Mickey Loomis

Judge rules Saints, Pelicans owner Benson is competent

New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson — and the current power structure he has set up — have cleared a crucial legal hurdle in a struggle for control of the NFL and NBA teams. A judge ruled Thursday that the 87-year-old Benson remains competent to run his nearly $2 billion business empire as he sees fit. The ruling means Benson's decision to oust his daughter and her two children from ownership positions with the sports franchises will stand. Judge Kern Reese dismissed a lawsuit by Benson's recently disowned daughter, Renee, and her two children, Rita and Ryan LeBlanc, which has created months of high-profile acrimony within the family. While Benson...