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Anna Nicole Smith gets big money in court

Mar 08, 2002 | 7:14am EST

Model Anna Nicole Smith has fought a long battle defending her right to her late husband's millions...and now she has won.

In a court decision Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter awarded Smith $44.3 million in punitive damages and the same amount in compensatory damages against E. Pierce Marshall, the son of her late husband--Howard Marshall II--who controls his late father's trust, the Associated Press reports.

The ruling came following E. Pierce Marshall's challenge of a federal bankruptcy court decision that awarded Smith $475 million of the oil tycoon's money.

In response to the court's decision, Smith's attorney, Philip Boesch, said, "This is a complete victory for my client, and I think it's a victory for a husband's love for his wife."

Neither Smith nor Marshall was present at the time of the ruling.

Smith, whose real name is Vickie Lynn Marshall, met Howard Marshall II in 1991 when she was working as a stripper. The two wed in 1994 when she was 26 and he was 89.

When Marshall died in 1995 at age 90, only 14 months after their marriage, he left a trust to be divided among various individuals, but Smith was not one of the original recipients.

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