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The Los Angeles real estate dispute that pits pop star Katy Perry against a couple of tenacious nuns is still going strong despite a recent ruling against the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The fight centers on who has the right to sell the sisters' former convent — an expansive 22,000-square-foot mansion. The nuns, who purchased the property 40 years ago, believe they do and struck a deal with a developer for $15.5 million. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, however, believes the right is theirs, and as such has attempted to sell it to Perry for $14.5 million.
A judge decided in favor of the latter two weeks ago, based in part on a Vatican decree dismissing the sisters' case. But now the nuns say something was lost in the translation of that Latin document.
"It very clearly says that matters are not concluded in the Vatican," their attorney John Scholnick told TODAY.
A hearing is set for the sisters' latest motion on June 20, but the archdiocese is heading back to court Friday in an attempt to bring the matter to an end even sooner.
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