Estate of Denial news clips (3/28/16)

Kentucky family feud ends with $548 million judgment against Griffin Industries heirs

WCPO

March 22, 2016

COVINGTON, Ky. – A federal judge in Covington has awarded $548 million to four daughters of John L. Griffin, whose Northern Kentucky waste-processing company was sold for $840 million in 2010 to Darling International Inc.

In a series of lawsuits filed after the sale, the Griffin sisters alleged they were cheated out of a family fortune by their brothers, heirs to one of Kentucky’s largest private companies.

 

Michael Jackson Estate Sued Over Legal Fees

Billboard

March 23, 2016

In the years since Michael Jackson’s death, the pop icon’s estate has been repeatedly pummeled with lawsuits ranging from a royalty row with Quincy Jones to a profit suit from the director of “Thriller.”

The latest comes from a London-based law firm that claims it’s owed more than $200,000 in fees for work it did for the music icon in the two years leading up to his death.

 

Michael Jackson Estate Sued Over Legal Fees

The Hollywood Reporter

March 23, 2016

In the years since Michael Jackson’s death, the pop icon’s estate has been repeatedly pummeled with lawsuits ranging from a royalty row with Quincy Jones to a profit suit from the director of “Thriller.”

The latest comes from a London-based law firm that claims it is owed more than $200,000 in fees for work it did for the music icon in the two years leading up to his death.

 

Donald Sterling’s legal battle with the NBA will continue despite setback, his attorney says

Los Angeles Times

March 23, 2016

Donald Sterling’s long-running legal fight over the $2-billion sale of the Clippers suffered another setback Tuesday when a federal judge dismissed the onetime owner’s antitrust lawsuit against the NBA.

In a 13-page order laced with forceful language, U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin wrote that the “court is skeptical Sterling suffered any injury at all, let alone an antitrust injury.”

 

Saints owner Tom Benson’s estranged family appeals to Louisiana Supreme Court (TX/LA)

The Times-Picayune

March 23, 2016

The estranged family of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson continued to challenge the 88-year-old’s mental competency by filing an appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court on Wednesday (March 23).

Benson’s daughter Renee Benson and grandchildren Rita and Ryan LeBlanc — who Tom Benson disavowed last year — argue the patriarch is in mental decline and being manipulated by his third wife, Gayle, and Saints executives. The estranged relatives filed a lawsuit last year seeking to take control of Benson’s estimated $2.2 billion empire including the sports franchises.

 

Tom Benson’s relatives ask Supreme Court to consider overturning unfavorable rulings in lower courts (TX/LA)

The New Orleans Advocate

March 23, 2016

The estranged relatives of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson have asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to overturn two lower courts’ rulings rejecting their mental competency suit against the family patriarch.

Attorneys for Benson’s daughter and her children said they filed the Supreme Court appeal under seal Wednesday.

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