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Anna Nicole Smith’s Daughter Awarded $49 Million

<<attends the 138th Kentucky Derby>> at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Think what you want about Anna Nicole Smith’s marriage to billionaire J. Howard Marshall, who was 60-plus years her senior. But the one thing we can all probably agree on is that the late Playmate’s daughter, Dannielynn, is innocent. After all, she’s only six years old—far too young to engage in gold digging—although a new court ruling suggests she won’t ever have to marry a man for money, since she’ll be loaded herself.

After years of court battles over J. Howard’s inheritance (he estimated to be wroth $500 million to $1 billion), a judge has ruled that Dannielynn is entitled to as much as $49 million from J. Howard’s estate. Marshalls’ late son, E. Pierce Marshall, had fought Smith’s claim on his inheritance. A judge ruled that the state’s lawyers had concealed legal documents, entitling the six-year-old to sizable chunk of cash in sanctions.

“Pierce’s bad faith conduct was too pervasive and too egregious to be ignored, despite the fact that he has since passed away. It would promote disrespect for the authority of the federal courts to turn a blind eye to actions that so willfully and blatantly attempted to make a mockery of this justice system. Further, it would reward a party for win-at-all-costs tactics, to the deprivation of his opponent. Such behavior cannot be condoned,” U.S. District Judge David O. Carter said.

Adorable little Dannielynn, however, may not need the money. Last year she became a model for Guess, a brand that helped make her mother famous. She’s now raised by her dad, Larry Birkhead.

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