Estate of Denial news clips (6/8/16)

How to Prove You’re Related to Prince and How His Estate May Be Sliced Up


June 3, 2016

When an estate as valuable as Prince’s is at stake, one can’t be too careful in weeding out spurious fortune-seekers claiming to be blood relatives, entitled to a slice of the pie.

Bremer Trust, the court-appointed special administrator of Prince’s multi-million-dollar estate, asked a Minnesota state court Thursday (June 2) to approve a set of procedures for determining the validity of claims from purported heirs.


Tom Benson’s Saints, Pelicans shares lawsuit must go to trial, which remains open to the public, judge decides (TX/LA)

The Advocate

June 3, 2016

There will be a full trial in the federal lawsuit Tom Benson filed last year in an effort to take back shares in the Saints and Pelicans that he had placed in trust funds for his now estranged relatives, a judge has ruled.

In a decision made public Friday, U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo denied a request from Benson’s opponents in the case to rule in their favor without listening to witness testimony and oral arguments, which are scheduled to start June 20 and last about five days.


Detective settles lawsuit over elder-abuse accusation (OR)

The World

June 3, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former police detective has settled a civil lawsuit over claims she used her expertise in investigating elder abuse to exploit a Portland attorney.

Diane Miller of La Center, Washington, alleged in the $4 million lawsuit that was scheduled to go to trial this month that defendant Susan Campbell Calzaretta knew the signs of dementia and married Miller’s father — Victor Calzaretta — to get his estate.


Sumner Redstone Filing: Philippe Dauman Lawsuit Amounts to a Plot to Keep Tenuous Job 

The Hollywood Reporter

June 3, 2016

On Friday, Sumner Redstone’s attorneys made the latest move in the war over Viacom, asserting that a lawsuit filed in Massachusetts by chief executive Philippe Dauman and board member George Abrams over the duo’s ouster from Redstone’s Trust is not something that should be expedited nor even treated to resolution by the judge.

“Rather than acting as Trustees and in the best interest of the Trust’s beneficiary, Plaintiffs filed this action as part of an acutely self-interested legal strategy that they began plotting months earlier to secure their tenuous positions with Viacom,” states court papers.


Redstone: Viacom suffered under my former ‘good friend’

New York Post

June 4, 2016

Sumner Redstone on Friday continued to lash out at Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman, saying his former “good friend” has no grounds to fight his ouster from the family trust.

The media mogul also called Dauman’s position in Viacom “tenuous.”