McDreamy's Charm Didn't Taint Tully's Auction, Judge Says

Law360, New York (January 11, 2013, 9:58 PM EST) -- A bankruptcy judge on Friday approved the Chapter 11 sale of Seattle coffee chain Tully's to Patrick Dempsey for $9.2 million despite a stern call from Starbucks Corp. and a private-equity-backed rival that said the "Grey's Anatomy" star charmed his way to a win in the auction despite higher offers.

The coffee giant and another bidder, Filipino food company AgriNurture Inc., asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Karen Overstreet to look past the spectacle of Dempsey — known on his TV show as “McDreamy” — and toss out...
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