Anna Nicole Smith (a/k/a Vickie Lynn Marshall) sued after her elderly husband died, following their 14-month marriage. She was not happy being left out of his massive ($1.6 billion) estate. She blamed one of his sons, Pierce Marshall, who inherited everything.
The probate case started in Louisiana and then moved to Texas. Smith sued there, but was forced to file bankruptcy in California. When she died, Pierce sued her, filing a claim in bankruptcy court. He claimed Smith defamed him by telling the media he committed fraud in managing his father’s estate. Smith counter-sued, alleging he really did commit fraud. She also requested millions of dollars based on what, she claimed, J. Howard would have given her if Pierce had not wrongly interfered and stopped it.