Santa Ana, CA, United States (4E) – The estate of Anna Nicole Smith’s final bid to obtain her late husband, Texas billionaire J. Howard Marshall’s money, had been finally rejected by a federal judge in Orange County seven years after the model’s death.
U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter denied a request from Smith’s estate to sanction the estate of Marshall for the amount of $44 million. According to the judge, the case has been going on for nearly 20 years and it’s time to put the matter to rest.
According to the judge’s decision, “Time spent litigating the relationship between Vickie Lynn and J. Howard has extended for nearly five times the length of their relationship and nearly twenty times the length of their marriage. It is neither reasonable nor practical to go forward.”
The Playboy model and reality TV star married the oil tycoon in 1994 when she was 26 and he was 89. The following year the billionaire died and left his estate worth $1.6 billion to his son but nothing to Smith.
Smith, whose legal name was Vickie Lynn Marshall, went to court to challenge the will, claiming that her husband of 14 months had promised to leave her more than $300 million upon his death. However, Marshall was declared mentally fit and under no undue pressure when he wrote the will.
Smith died from a drug overdose in 2007 but her estate continued to pursue the case even after her death. For nearly 20 years various courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court have overturned Smith’s claims.
Quoting from Charles Dickens’ “Bleak House,” Judge Carter concluded, “The American taxpayer has supported the burden of this litigation for many years, and it is time for this suit to no longer “drag its weary length before the Court.’”