Supreme Court to Hear Anna Nicole Case
09/28/2005 AT 08:00 AM EDT
The U.S. Supreme Court said on Tuesday that it would hear the appeal of the former Playboy model and reality TV star in her case to restore a judge's award of $88.6 million from the estate of her elderly billionaire husband, J. Howard Marshall, the Associated Press reports.
The justices will hear arguments in the case most likely in January, with a decision due by the end of the court term in June 2006.
Smith was 26 when she married the 89-year-old oil tycoon in 1994. He died a year later, leaving behind an estate of $1.6 billion – and igniting a long legal battle between Smith and her husband's son, E. Pierce Marshall.