The legal battle has raged for more than a decade … but Anna Nicole Smith“s estate may finally see a piece of the Playboy legend”s millionaire dead husband … possibly as much as $49 MILLION.
The Supreme Court ruled years ago that Anna”s estate was NOT entitled to any of J. Howard Marshall“s fortune — estimated between $500 million and $1 billion — but yesterday, a California judge said Anna”s 6-year-old daughter Dannielynn is entitled to sanctions against Marshall”s family.
The judge hasn”t specified the amount of the sanctions yet … but previously suggested they could run as high as $49 million.
The judge awarded the sanctions based on allegations that attorneys for Marshall”s estate used unsavory tactics throughout litigation … such as concealing crucial legal docs from Anna”s estate lawyers.
Anna married oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall in 1994 when she was just 26 … and he was 89. Marshall died a year later.