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Hicks to discover court verdict

Former Liverpool owner Tom Hicks will discover on Thursday whether he will be able to launch massive damages claims in the US courts over the sale of the Barclays Premier League side.

The sale went ahead after Mr Justice Floyd granted anti-suit orders which prevented Hicks taking action in the Texas courts to halt the deal.

Hicks applied to the same judge last week to lift the anti-suit orders. The Texan businessman believes he was the victim of an "epic swindle" when the club was sold against his wishes to New England Sports Ventures for £300million.

Mr Justice Floyd will also rule on applications to strike out or dismiss claims by Sir Martin Broughton, former chairman of the club, seeking damages against Hicks for his actions while owner.

The Royal Bank of Scotland also applied to the court for orders which would block Hicks and his former partner George Gillett from suing over the sale.

NESV applied to the court to be added to an application for a permanent anti-suit order blocking action outside the UK and European Union.

They bought the club after repaying a £237million loan Hicks and Gillett took out with the RBS and Wells Fargo and Co.

PA