Bankruptcy judge sides with Dempsey's group in Tully's fight

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A federal judge overseeing the Tully's Coffee bankruptcy auction ruled Friday afternoon in favor of the buyout proposal made by a group led by actor Patrick Dempsey.

Dempsey, who plays the role of a doctor nick-named "McDreamy" on ABC's Grey's Anatomy, had won the bidding for the coffee chain last week.

But a company that teamed up with Starbucks Corp. to bid for the Tully's chain filed an objection Wednesday. AgriNurture Inc. said it was still willing to proceed with its combined bid with Starbucks of about $10.6 million.

The bid from Dempsey's company, Global Baristas LLC, was for $9.2 million.

At a hearing Friday afternoon, Judge Karen Overstreet said the auction was fair.

Tully's has 47 shops in Washington and California with more than 500 employees. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October.

Reporting by the Associated Press and KING 5's Chris Ingalls.