Philip Boesch obtained the Number One Judgment in the Nation, according to U.S. Law Weekly, for $475 million, and then the Judgment by Judge David O. Carter in the United States District Court for $89 million. As of March, 2013, Judge Carter has under submission the Boesch Law Group’s motion for sanctions.
In its article on March 4, 2013 following the case, Forbes Magazine wrote:
In a March, 2012 hearing, Carter sounded just as mad..“I’m having difficulty backing away from what I think is egregious conduct,“ Carter said. “If I was going to impose a sanction, it would range from a small amount up to $49 million.“
Los Angeles celebrity lawyer Phil Boesch represented Vickie Lynn and now represents her daughter Dannielynn. He said he can’t predict the outcome, but “Judge Carter made strong statements on the record.“ As for the seemingly endless nature of Marshall family litigation, which U.S Supreme Court Justice John Roberts likened to the Dickens novel “Bleak House,“ Boesch only chuckled. “When I started, I certainly didn’t expect it to be a life endeavor,“ he said.
As reported by Daniel Fisher of Forbes on May 30, 2013, "A federal judge in California has ordered the estate of J. Pierce Marshall to pay sanctions over 'massive discovery abuse' in the Koch Industries heir's scorched-earth legal battle against his late stepmother, the Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith. The decision could reward Smith's daughter Dannielynn as much as $49 million."The Judge ruled that, "Pierce's bad faith conduct was too pervasive and too egregious to be ignored, despite the fact that he has since passed away. It would promote disrespect for the authority of the federal courts to turn a blind eye to actions that so willfully and blatantly attempted to make a mockery of this justice system. Further, it would reward a party for win-at-all costs tactics, to the deprivation of his opponent. Such behavior cannot be condoned."As Fisher noted, "The judge also ordered attorney Edwin Hunter, who represented the Marshall family holding company, to show cause why he shouldn't pay sanctions as well." The parties have been ordered to return to Court on August 13, 2013 for further proceedings on this issue. Fisher quoted attorney Philip Boesch saying that, "This is a complete vindication of Anna Nicole's rights and a total condemnation of what was done to her. We are confident that the amount Anna's estate and daughter Dannielynn will finally be awarded will be fair and substantial."
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Vickie Lynn died in 2007 of a drug overdose, less than a year after her son Daniel’s death under similar circumstances. But she left a daughter, Dannielynn, as well as remnants of the long-ago $475 million bankruptcy judgment in her favor. While the Supreme court ultimately threw out that judgment as not being closely related enough to her bankruptcy reorganization, a federal court in California may yet aware her estate as much as $40 million as compensation for the misbehavior of Peirce’s lawyers in that case.
In a 2002 ruling, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter found that Pierce and his lawyers had “presented documents under false pretenses, suborned perjured notary oaths and backdated documents,“ in an effort to block Vickie Lynn from inheriting part of her late husband’s estate. He ordered them to pay $89 million in damages.
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