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LA Clippers owner must pay $2.3m in fire lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been ordered to pay $2.3 million to an actress who lost most of her belongings in a fire at a West Hollywood apartment building he owns.

City News Service says a Los Angeles jury ruled against Sterling on Monday in a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by Robyn Cohen, who's perhaps best known for a role in the movie “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.”

The jury is now considering additional punitive damages.

Cohen sued over a 2009 fire that was caused by an electrical problem. She said a fire alarm horn and a dozen smoke detectors in the building weren't working.

Another actress, Kim Webster, and other tenants also sued Sterling but settled before trial.

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