After battling in court for nearly a decade, a California judge made a ruling in the federal case between the estates of Anna Nicole Smith and her late ex-husband, J. Howard Marshall II, on Wednesday (May 29).
Just one year into their marriage, Anna’s husband died and left a fortune behind. Estimates of his worth range from $500 million to $1 billion, but the judge also ordered sanctions against the estate of his late son, Pierce, for using delaying tactics in his case against Anna.
“We are confident that the amount Anna’s estate and daughter Dannilynn will finally be awarded will be fair and substantial,” celebrity lawyer Phil Boesch said.
Anna died of a drug overdose in 2007, but her estate’s fight to claim an inheritance from her late husband, who did not include her in his will, has kept her name in headlines.
While the amount of damages that Dannielynn will receive has not yet be finalized, an August 13 hearing has been set.