When 26 year old Anna Nicole Smith and 89 year old J. Howard Marshall met the fireworks went off and the rockets flared. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. When that old love bug bites there's just nothing you can do about it. Mr. Marshall's billion dollars in assets probably had nothing to do with it. But wouldn't you know it, he died first. So she might as well stake a claim based on some alleged smoochy promise.
A probate court in Texas said Anna should get nothing. But she got a bankruptcy court in California to rule that she should get a large chunk of change. That got many Texans wondering why on earth a federal bankruptcy court in California should be messing with Texas law. But the wheels of justice kept turning, and even the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in. Sanity was restored when the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling last month saying the Texas court ruling prevailed and Anna should get nothing.
Well, in the interim Anna died of a drug overdose, but not before delivering a baby girl named Dannielynn. And that baby was all over the news with Anna's paramours fighting tooth and claw over custody. But you know it was love for the child that fueled that battle, not the potential of a big court awarded payoff.
Well, the baby has appealed that last ruling. See Anna Nicole estate appeals ruling on oil fortune.
Okay, it wasn't really the baby, it was the adults who appealed it. But what happens if they lose again? What will happen to that baby everyone was so anxious to raise when she had a shot at a fortune? It's sad to contemplate. It's like "Oliver Twist" played backward. But it's some comfort knowing that the workhouses of Charles Dicken's day won't be an option.