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SBD Global/April 29, 2013/Franchises

Barry Hearn's Attempts To Appeal Olympic Stadium Tenancy Decision Fall Short

League One football club Leyton Orient Chair Barry Hearn "appears to have definitively lost his long-running crusade to reopen the bidding process for the Olympic Stadium" in Stratford, after his case for a judicial review was rejected, according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. EPL West Ham was chosen as the main tenant for the stadium last month. Hearn had argued that the decision was flawed because the London Legacy Development Corp. failed to consider Orient's proposal to ground-share with West Ham. But lawyers representing other interested parties in the case are "believed to have been informed that the application for judicial review has been rejected." Hearn, who has spent more than £300,000 ($465,000) pursuing his legal challenge over the stadium, said last month that "he hoped to win the judicial review but accepted he would ultimately lose the fight." Lawyers for Orient are "expected to review the reasons for the rejection of the judicial review application before deciding whether to seek an oral hearing before a judge" (GUARDIAN, 4/26).
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