January 17, 2011
Anna Nicole Smith Case Returns to Supreme Court Tuesday
"Even by the high-brow standards of the Supreme Court, Tuesday's case over the estate claimed by deceased Texas sex symbol Anna Nicole Smith delves so far into the depths of probate and bankruptcy law that even the most attuned legal minds will be challenged to fully understand all of the complexities now before the justices....
In short, Stern's [Howard K. Stern, executor of the Vickie Lynn Marshall (Anna Nicole Smith) estate] lawyers contend a federal bankruptcy judge is legally empowered to address all of the core claims and counterclaims brought by the parties. 'Lower courts across the country have uniformly held for decades that bankruptcy courts can enter final orders on debtors' compulsory counterclaims to proofs of claim. Until now,' lawyer Kent Richland wrote in his brief to the court."
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