Katy Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are probably riding pretty high today, now that they've managed a win in a thorny legal battle over a beautiful Los Feliz convent. The nuns who claim ownership of the convent and restaurateur Dana Hollister (she owns The Brite Spot) are probably less happy, as they were on the losing end of a judge's ruling today that shut down the nuns' sale to Hollister, reports the LA Times.
The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary's 1927 convent was designed by architect Bernard Maybeck for KFI-AM founder and car dealer Earle C. Anthony. It was sold in the 1950s to Catholic philanthropists Daniel and Bernardine Murphy Donohue, who sold it to the nuns at what must have been a deep discount.
A previous ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant found that the sale to Hollister for $14.5 million was invalid, but also barred the Diocese from selling the place to Perry (who was going to pay $15.5 million). This time, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick "'extinguished' the deed to sell the property to Hollister," a rep for the Archdiocese tells the Times, who sees the ruling as a precursor to a sale to the pop star.
An attorney for the two nuns who are fighting to be able to sell to Hollister already has an appeal on his mind. "As far as I’m concerned, it’s still game on," he says.