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Court rules Anna Nicole Smith's estate will get none of oil fortune

By PAUL ELIAS
Associated Press Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court says Anna Nicole
Smith's estate will receive none of the more than $300 million that
she claimed her late billionaire husband had promised her.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest stop in the
15-year legal battle over the $1.6 billion estate that oil magnate
J. Howard Marshall left after his 1995 death at age 90.
Smith had married Marshall the previous year and argued that he
meant to leave her more than $300 million.
A Texas state court ruled against Smith and in favor of
Marshall's son, who argued the model should receive nothing.
A federal bankruptcy court in Los Angeles later awarded her $474
million. A federal trial court later reduced that to $89 million.
Lawyers for the son's estate say they hope the litigation is at
an end with Friday's ruling.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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