The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Anna Nicole Smith in her law suit to try to collect 88 million dollars from the estate of her late husband. This was not a final ruling on the merits.

Smith, former Playmate of the Year and topless dancer, married Texas oil billionaire, J. Howard Smith in 1994 when she was 26 and he was 89. She said he promised her half his estate.

She lost her case in Texas probate court. But she won in federal bankruptcy court in California. Then the U.S. Court of Appeals said the state court action preempted the federal court action and she could collect nothing. The U.S. Supreme Court today overturned that decision.