Anna Nicole Estate Appeals Ruling on Oil Fortune

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    Anna Nicole Smith at the Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

    Lawyers for the estate of Anna Nicole Smith are appealing a ruling that gave her none of her late billionaire husband's fortune.

    The appeal filed Thursday seeks a full review by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and continues a case that has outlived both parties.

    In a March 19 ruling, a panel of the court sided with a Houston jury that decided in 2001 that Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall never intended to leave any of his $1.6 billion estate to Smith.

    Marshall's will gave most of his estate to his son, E. Pierce Marshall.

    Smith had argued that her elderly husband had promised to leave her more than $300 million.

    Smith died of a drug overdose in 2008.

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