Former Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith has won a major victory in the Supreme Court. Associated Press has reported that the court voted unanimously to give her another day in court and revived her claim against the estate of her late husband J. Howard Marshall II. The ruling has great significance in that it allows federal courts greater authority to resolve claims arising out of estates although state courts retain their sole authority to probate a will.

Ms Smith’s case was originally argued before the court this past February as I reported here at that time. The Court’s decision published on the Supreme Court Website (SCOTUS) on May 1, is cited as Marshall v. Marshall.