Broncos ownership lawsuit dismissed; Bowlen daughters had sued over trust

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ENGLEWOOD, CO – MARCH 20: Majority owner, president, and CEO Pat Bowlen speaks during a news conference announcing quarterback Peyton Manning’s contract with the Denver Broncos in the team meeting room at the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre on March 20, 2012 in Englewood, Colorado. Manning, entering his 15th NFL season, was released by the Indianapolis Colts on March 7, 2012, where he had played his whole career. It has been reported that Manning will sign a five-year, $96 million offer. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

DENVER (KDVR) — Both sides of the Pat Bowlen will and trust lawsuit have agreed to dismiss the case.

In the agreement, they agreed that the former Denver Broncos owner’s end of life decisions were made voluntarily and should be followed.

Bowlen’s eldest two daughters, Beth Bowlen Wallace and Amie Klemmer, were suing the three-person trust he designated in 2009, saying that he was pressured into creating it. Control of the team was transferred to the trust in 2012 and Bowlen died in 2019.

The trust is made of team president and CEO Joe Ellis, team counsel Rich Slivka and Denver attorney Mary Kelly

The judge in the case dismissed the claims with prejudice, meaning they cannot be brought back in the future.

The case was supposed to be heard in court starting July 12, but late last months both sides agreed to vacate the hearing date.

It is unclear what this means for the team’s future, but for the time being the trust will retain control.

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