Legal Challenge Docks America's Cup

Legal challenges to the America's Cup filed.

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011  |  Updated 9:17 AM PDT
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America's Cup Sets Sail in San Diego

Oracle Racing will have to wait for San Francisco lawyering before any America's Cup planning can continue ahead of the planned 2013 races.

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The boats are in the harbor, but it's the lawyers who will set sail first.

San Francisco's plans to host the America's Cup are on temporary hold after four different groups filed legal appeals late last week, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

The Planning Commission discussed the plans to transform the city's waterfront and handle the traffic for the yacht races in 2013 on Thursday. On Friday, four groups -- Telegraph Hill Dwellers, Golden Gate Audubon Society, San Francisco Tomorrow and Waterfront Watch -- filed legal appeals of the city's plans to allow development and traffic flow, according to the newspaper.

City agencies are now banned from taking any action on the project, from filing paperwork or approving construction -- or anything else related to the America's Cup until the Board of Supervisors hears the appeal, according to the newspaper.

The Board is expected to hear the appeal sometime in January, according to the newspaper.

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