Judge dismisses two civil suits against Artest from Palace brawl

DETROIT -- Two civil lawsuits against Ron Artest stemming
from the November 2004 brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills have
been dismissed.

U.S. District Court Judge Anna Diggs Taylor on Monday dismissed
the civil lawsuits against the former Indiana Pacers star.

Artest's lawyer, Allan Rubin, said Taylor ruled on motions filed
by the defense.

"We're extremely happy. We believe the court made the right
decision," Rubin said. "We believe the plaintiffs were
overreaching in their claims."

William Paulson, of Grand Blanc, claimed that he suffered a
concussion after Artest and former Pacer Stephen Jackson fought
with fans at the close of Indiana's game with the Detroit Pistons.

In the second suit, John Ackerman of St. Clair claimed he
suffered a concussion after being punched by Pacer David Harrison.
Ackerman's suit blamed Artest for starting the fight.

Separate cases against the Pacers, Jackson and Harrison are

Todd Weglarz, lawyer for Paulson and Ackerman, says a decision
has not been made to appeal Taylor's ruling.

"We're still proceeding against the team and others," he said.
"Mr. Paulson was assaulted by Stephen Jackson. Mr. Ackerman was
hit by [David] Harrison."

Artest plays for the Sacramento Kings, while Jackson is on the
Golden State Warriors.