It began in Houston and played out on an international scale…the young topless dancer and her marriage to the old billionaire oilman.

You do remember the case of Anna Nicole Smith who sued for millions after her husband J. Howard Marshall died? 

The sexy and even lurid details played out in the media, while the lawsuit, continued even after Anna Nicole’s death, played out in local and federal courts, including the US Supreme Court.  All of them rejected the various attempts to overturn Marshall’s will and trust.  And now the final challenge has also been denied by a federal judge in California.  Her estate wanted 44 million dollars in sanctions against the Marshall trust.

The judge said the case, now 20 years old, was five times the length of Smith’s relationship with Marshall, and it was time to put it to rest.