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Big Money at Stake in Anna Nicole Smith Estate Fight

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Friday, 9 Feb 2007 | 8:32 PM ET

Anna Nicole Smith's estate has attracted a small crowd of suitors, with millions of dollars possibly at stake, CNBC's Jane Wells reported.

Estate Debate
Anna Nicole Smith's untimely death has kicked off a storm of turmoil surrounding her child and her estate

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Smith had the right to make a claim to the $1.6 billion estate of her late husband, a Texas oil businessman. With Smith's death this week, her infant daughter presumably is Smith's sole remaining heir.

Larry Birkhead, an entertainment reporter who claims to be the baby's father, filed a claim in a Los Angeles courtroom asking that a DNA sample be extracted from Smith's body. The court ordered that Smith's body be preserved until Feb. 20.

Birkhead is battling Howard K. Stern, the man Smith said is her baby's father.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported Friday that Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband, Prince Frederick von Anhalt, says that he could be the baby's father.

Troubles for TrimSpa

Smith, who lost a significant amount of weight in recent years, made several commercials and appeared on television promoting weight-loss products from TrimSpa, Whippany, N.J..

TrimSpa has run into trouble over some of its product claims. Just this month, Smith and TrimSpa were sued in a class-action lawsuit alleging their marketing of a weight-loss pill is false or misleading.

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission announced TrimSpa would pay $1.5 million to settle allegations that the company's weight-loss claims were unsubstantiated.

TrimSpa released a statement disputing the federal agency's allegation that a handful of TrimSpa advertisements had insufficient substantiation.

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