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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, August 21, 2014

California Judge Resolves Final Issue in Anna Nicole Smith Lawsuit

Anna Nicole SmithAn Orange County federal judge has put an end to two decades of litigation over the will of J. Howard Marshall. Marshall and Anna Nicole Smith were married for 14-months when Marshall died leaving his entire estate, valued at $1.6 billion, to his son, E. Pierce Marshall. The ensuing legal battle that made it to the Supreme Court of the United States twice, was centered around Smith’s challenge of Marshall’s will. Both Smith and Marshall’s son are deceased and their estates have been continuing the lawsuit since their deaths.

On Monday Judge David O. Carter resolved the final issue in the lawsuit by denying Smith’s estate their request for sanctions against Marshall’s son’s estate, and noted that it was time for the lawsuit to end after lasting 20 times longer than Marshall and Smith’s marriage.

See Associated Press, Anna Nicole Smith’s Estate Loses Bid for Millions, My San Antonio, Aug. 19, 2014.

Special thanks to Laura Galvan (Attorney, San Antonio, Texas) for bringing this article to my attention.


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