The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is convening at the old federal courthouse downtown to hear the case of Marshall v. Marshall, the never-ending battle over the estate of Anna Nicole's dead husband, the Texas billionaire J. Howard Marshall.
Anna Nicole married Marshall, an 89-year-old oil tycoon, in 1994. But when he died 13months later, a Texas court ruled that his will didn't include Anna Nicole and awarded all his riches to his son, Pierce.
Anna Nicole's lawyers went to a bankruptcy court in California, which ruled that Pierce Marshall owed Anna Nicole $450 million. A federal district court then reduced that to $88 million. Then the 9th Circuit invalidated that, saying federal courts don't have jurisdiction over state probate matters.
Anna Nicole's took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, and it ruled in 2006 that the federal court can indeed get involved. So now the 9th Circuit has to take up the actual issues of the money.
Anna Nicole died of a drug overdose in 2007, and Pierce Marshall died in 2006. So that leaves Anna Nicole's sole heir, 2-year-old daughter Dannielynn, fighting with Pierce's heirs.
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