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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, August 22, 2014

Judge’s Ruling Results in Loss of Millions for Daughter of Anna Nicole Smith

Smith's DaughterAs I have previously discussed, the will contest brought by Anna Nicole Smith nearly 20 years ago has come to an end. One outcome of U.S. District Judge David O. Carter’s decision to deny sanctions against E. Pierce Marshall’s estate is the lost opportunity of Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, to receive millions. Judge Carter noted that during the lawsuit false testimony was given, there was attempted judge manipulation, and destruction of documents. However, even though he expressed that he regretted this outcome, actual damages were not sufficiently proven to award sanctions.

See Daniel Fisher, Anna Nicole Smith’s Daughter Loses Fight for Marshall Millions, Forbes, Aug. 19, 2014.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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