Estate of Denial news clips (5/18/16)

Judge rules Sumner Redstone’s ex-girlfriend will be kept out of ailing billionaire’s personal affairs

New York Daily News

May 9, 2016

The curtain abruptly closed Monday on the nasty probate battle over Sumner Redstone’s mental capacity – but a new stage opened in civil court with a surprise $100 million lawsuit.

A Los Angeles judge dismissed the November probate action by Redstone’s ex-girlfriend Manuela Herzer that claimed the 92-year-old billionaire — the controlling shareholder of Viacom and CBS — is a “living ghost” who had no idea what was happening when she was booted from his mansion last October and removed as the agent on his Advance Health Care Directive.


Redstone Triumphant, Ex-Lover Says Heirs Had `Insidious Plan’


May 9, 2016

Sumner Redstone lavished millions on his lovers. But there was only one Manuela Herzer.

That, anyway, is the argument lawyers for Herzer made Monday after the curtain dropped on one legal case and abruptly opened on another in the tawdry saga over the ailing media mogul and his $42 billion empire.


James Brown’s Estate Was Supposed to Help Poor Children Instead This Group Enjoys the Spoils of his Success (SC/GA)

Atlanta Black Star

May 9, 2016

Author, musician and James Brown aficionado James McBride talks with Big Think about the legal disputes regarding Brown’s estate and the Godfather of Soul’s relationship with the South.

In the video, McBride says Brown was a man of the South before he was a Black man. When the famous star died in 2006, Brown wanted to leave his estate and fortune to educate poor children — both Black and white — in South Carolina. According to McBride, the money has not reached any of those poor, underprivileged children. In fact, it has been tied up in 48 lawsuits. He says the lawyers dipped into his estate to pay each other.


Prince-inspired legislation would establish right to publicity for heirs

Politics in Minnesota

May 9, 2016

In the weeks since the unexpected death of Prince, there’s been a virtual tsunami of speculation about the pop superstar’s apparent lack of will, the value of his estate, and who will ultimately wind up with his riches. As a matter of Minnesota law, one of the more intriguing questions to surface concerns his publicity rights …


Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson’s ownership swap needs NFL, NBA approval (TX/LA)

New Orleans Times-Picayune

May 9, 2016

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson doesn’t have required permission from the NFL and NBA to remove his estranged family from team ownership, and his federal lawsuit seeking to force the change should be dismissed, attorneys have argued in court filings.

Benson, 88, is asking a federal judge in New Orleans to force a financial maneuver that would allow shares in the Pelicans and Saints to be removed from trust funds created for his daughter Renee Benson and grandchildren Rita and Ryan LeBlanc. The billionaire has disowned the would-be heirs and wants full ownership of the teams to go to his third wife, Gayle Benson.