An attempt that took years from the estate of deceased and ex-Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith to take in tens of millions of dollars from her deceased husband’s family came to an end in federal court earlier this week.
David Carter, a U.S. District Court Judge in Santa Ana, California, recently turned down $44 million in sanctions against her deceased husband’s family, basically putting a stop to a litigation that has made its way through the bankruptcy court, court of appeals, district court, and the Supreme Court.
The judge also had the chance to make an opinion on the fact that a majority of the parties in the lengthy battle are now deceased.
Carter’s decision indicated that the legal battle lasted several time longer of the relationship between Smith and her husband, and more than 20 times their marriage years.
The bankruptcy court looking into Smith’s bankruptcy ruled she should’ve been the next person to receive over $470 million for her deceased husband, a decision Carter, who took the appeal case, reduced to $89 million.