Bill Bowlen's lawsuit to attempt to remove Denver Broncos president Joe Ellis and other trustees from his late brother and former team owner Pat Bowlen's trust has been dismissed, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN:
Pat Bowlen died on June 13 at the age of 75 as the result of Alzheimer’s disease.
Mike Klis of 9News noted that Ellis, team counsel Rich Slivka and Denver attorney Mary Kelly will now be able to carry out Pat Bowlen's ownership succession plan:
"We're pleased the court has dismissed Bill Bowlen's case in its entirety has we have requested from the beginning of the case," Dan Reilly, the attorney for the trustees, said, according to Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post.
O'Halloran added that Bill Bowlen had expected this result since his brother's death.
Back in October, Bill filed a lawsuit in hopes of removing the trustees appointed by his brother removed due to their alleged "conflicts of interest that impair their ability to act impartially in Pat Bowlen's interest."
Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reported in March that a judge had denied a trio of motions in regard to Bill's lawsuit, though his lawsuit was able to continue:
Nicki Jhabvala @NickiJhabvala
RE: Broncos ownership and Bill Bowlen lawsuit, the judge denied three motions: 1. Bill Bowlen’s stay of arbitration. 2. Bill Bowlen's motion to suspend the trustees’ compensation by the trust and the payment of their attorney fees by the trust. 3. Trustees’ motion to dismiss
Beth Bowlen, one of Pat's two children from his first marriage, said in May 2018 that she wanted to become the franchise's controlling owner. Brittany Bowlen, one of Pat's five children from his second marriage, has also expressed interest in the role, per Jhabvala.
"The league has acknowledged that we've kept in compliance, we've kept them informed and they're allowing us to proceed with Pat's plan as he wanted it," Ellis said in March, according to Jhabvala. "But I don't have a specific timetable for that right now."
The judge's ruling on Thursday will now allow Ellis and Co. to move forward with the succession plan.