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Saints owner settles lawsuit with his heirs

Tom Benson

Tom Benson


Saints owner Tom Benson has settled a lawsuit with his daughter and grandchildren over control of his business interests, which include the Saints, the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, car dealerships, real estate and a TV station.

“Operations for all Tom Benson business properties including the New Orleans Saints, the New Orleans Pelicans, WVUE-FOX 8, automotive dealerships and Benson Tower remain ‘business as usual,’” a Saints spokesman told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

A trial had been scheduled to start on Monday, and that trial would have allowed a great deal of financial information about the Saints to go public. Now that won’t happen.

Benson has been estranged from his daughter and grandchildren with his former wife since he announced that he would be passing full control of the Saints and Pelicans to his current wife when he dies.