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                       IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
                       FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
                                FLORENCE DIVISION

HOWARD K. STERN, as Executor of the             )
Estate of Vickie Lynn Marshall,                 )
a/k/a Vickie Lynn Smith,                        )   Civil Action No. 4:08-cv-2753-TLW
a/k/a Vickie Lynn Hogan,                        )
a/k/a Anna Nicole Smith,                        )
                                                )
       Plaintiff,                               )
                                                )
vs.                                             )
                                                )
STANCIL SHELLEY,                                )
a/k/a Ford Shelley,                             )
G. BEN THOMPSON,                                )
and John or Jane Doe 1-12 whose true names      )
are unknown,                                    )
                                                )
       Defendants.                              )
                                                /

                          PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR LEAVE
                    TO AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT COMPLAINT; AND
                     FOR JOINDER OF ADDITIONAL DEFENDANTS

       COMES NOW Plaintiff Howard K. Stern, as Executor of the Estate of Vickie Lynn

Marshall a/k/a Anna Nicole Smith (the “Executor”) and hereby moves this Court for an order

granting leave, pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 15(a)(2), 15(d), and 20(a)(2), (i) to

amend and supplement the Complaint filed by the Executor on August 4, 2008, (ii) to join

Gaither Bengene Thompson, II (“Gaither”), Melanie Thompson (“Melanie”), Gina Thompson

Shelley (“Gina”) (collectively, the “Doe Defendants”), and Susan M. Brown (“Brown”) and The

Law Offices of Susan M. Brown, P.C. (the “Law Firm”) as party defendants; and (iii) to amend

the caption of the case accordingly.

       Through discovery, the Executor has learned additional facts that support the claims set

forth in the Complaint. For example, the Executor has learned of additional conversions of Estate



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property, such as Ford Shelley’s distribution of Estate property to Geraldo Rivera and the

California Department of Justice. Moreover, the Executor has learned the true identities of the

Doe Defendants. Accordingly, this Court should grant the Executor leave to amend his

Complaint pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(a)(2).

       The Executor has also learned of additional transactions, occurrences, and events that

have occurred since August 4, 2008, which is the date of the pleading sought to be

supplemented. For example, the Executor has learned that as recently as September 22, 2009,

Brown continued to maintain copies of Estate property on the Law Firm’s computer, which not

only constitutes conversion but is also a violation of the Consent Preliminary Injunction entered

by this Court. Therefore, this Court should grant the Executor leave to amend his Complaint

pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(d).

       Through discovery and only after an order from the United States District Court for the

Northern District of Georgia compelling Brown’s attendance at a deposition, the Executor

learned that Brown and the Law Firm played an integral role in the unauthorized transfer of

Estate property. Furthermore, the Executor learned that Brown herself committed numerous acts

that fall within the claims alleged by the Executor in this action. Accordingly, this Court should

permit the Executor to add Brown and the Law Firm as party defendants pursuant to Federal

Rules of Civil Procedure 15(a)(2) and 20(a)(2).

       A copy of the First Amended Complaint is attached hereto as Exhibit “A” and is

incorporated by reference.

       The grounds for the Motion are more fully set forth in the accompanying brief, and the

factual bases upon which the amended and supplemental claims are based are set forth in

Exhibit A.




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       WHEREFORE, the Executor respectfully requests that his motion be granted and this

Court enter an order:

       (1)     granting leave for the Executor to file his amended and supplemented complaint;

       (2)     granting leave for the Executor to identify and join the Doe Defendants as the

following named parties: Gaither Bengene Thompson, II, Melanie Thompson, and Gina

Thompson;

       (3)     joining Susan M. Brown and The Law Offices of Susan M. Brown, P.C. as party

defendants; and

       (4)     amending the caption of this action accordingly.

       The Executor further requests that the Defendants be required to file a pleading in

response, if any, not more than ten days after service of the First Amended Complaint.



       Respectfully submitted this 27th day of October, 2009.

                                             /s/ Louis Nettles
                                            L. Lin Wood
                                            (Georgia Bar No. 774588) (Pro hac vice)
                                            Lin.Wood@BryanCave.com
                                            Nicole Jennings Wade
                                            (Georgia Bar No. 390922) (Pro hac vice)
                                            Nicole.Wade@BryanCave.com
                                            Luke A. Lantta
                                            (Georgia Bar No. 141407) (Pro hac vice)
                                            Luke.Lantta@BryanCave.com

                                            BRYAN CAVE LLP
                                            One Atlantic Center
                                            Fourteenth Floor
                                            1201 West Peachtree Street, N.W.
                                            Atlanta, Georgia 30309
                                            Telephone:    (404) 572-6600
                                            Facsimile:    (404) 572-6999




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                                          Karl A. Folkens
                                          (District Court ID No. 854)
                                          Karl@folkenslaw.com
                                          Louis Nettles
                                          (District Court ID No. 2521)
                                          Louis@folkenslaw.com

                                          FOLKENS LAW FIRM, P.A.
                                          3326 West Palmetto Street
                                          Florence, South Carolina 29501
                                          Telephone: (843) 665-0100
                                          Facsimile:    (843) 665-0500

                                          Attorneys for the Executor



                            CERTIFICATE OF CONFERENCE

       Pursuant   to Local Rule of Court 7.02, prior to filing this motion, counsel for the

Executor conferred with opposing counsel and attempted in good faith to resolve the matter

contained in this motion.

                                           /s/ L. Lin Wood
                                          L. Lin Wood
                                          (Georgia Bar No. 774588) (Pro hac vice)
                                          Lin.Wood@BryanCave.com




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                                  CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

          I hereby certify that on October 27, 2009, I electronically filed the foregoing document

with the Clerk of Court, which will automatically send notification of such filing to the following

attorneys of record:

          R. Scott Joye                       Susan P. MacDonald
          Joye, Nappier & Risher, LLC         Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
          3575 Highway 17 Business            Beach First Center, 3rd Floor
          Murrells Inlet, SC 29576            3751 Robert M. Grissom Parkway
                                              Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

          Susan M. Brown
          The Law Offices of Susan M. Brown P.C.
          525 Clubhouse Drive
          Peachtree City, GA 30269


          This 27th day of October, 2009.


                                               /s/ Louis Nettles
                                              Louis Nettles
                                              (District Court ID No. 2521)
                                              Louis@folkenslaw.com
6025913




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Motion to Amend Complaint and Join Additional Defendants in Estate Property Case

  • 1. 4:08-cv-02753-TLW-TER Date Filed 10/27/09 Entry Number 77 Page 1 of 5 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA FLORENCE DIVISION HOWARD K. STERN, as Executor of the ) Estate of Vickie Lynn Marshall, ) a/k/a Vickie Lynn Smith, ) Civil Action No. 4:08-cv-2753-TLW a/k/a Vickie Lynn Hogan, ) a/k/a Anna Nicole Smith, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) ) STANCIL SHELLEY, ) a/k/a Ford Shelley, ) G. BEN THOMPSON, ) and John or Jane Doe 1-12 whose true names ) are unknown, ) ) Defendants. ) / PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT COMPLAINT; AND FOR JOINDER OF ADDITIONAL DEFENDANTS COMES NOW Plaintiff Howard K. Stern, as Executor of the Estate of Vickie Lynn Marshall a/k/a Anna Nicole Smith (the “Executor”) and hereby moves this Court for an order granting leave, pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 15(a)(2), 15(d), and 20(a)(2), (i) to amend and supplement the Complaint filed by the Executor on August 4, 2008, (ii) to join Gaither Bengene Thompson, II (“Gaither”), Melanie Thompson (“Melanie”), Gina Thompson Shelley (“Gina”) (collectively, the “Doe Defendants”), and Susan M. Brown (“Brown”) and The Law Offices of Susan M. Brown, P.C. (the “Law Firm”) as party defendants; and (iii) to amend the caption of the case accordingly. Through discovery, the Executor has learned additional facts that support the claims set forth in the Complaint. For example, the Executor has learned of additional conversions of Estate 1
  • 2. 4:08-cv-02753-TLW-TER Date Filed 10/27/09 Entry Number 77 Page 2 of 5 property, such as Ford Shelley’s distribution of Estate property to Geraldo Rivera and the California Department of Justice. Moreover, the Executor has learned the true identities of the Doe Defendants. Accordingly, this Court should grant the Executor leave to amend his Complaint pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(a)(2). The Executor has also learned of additional transactions, occurrences, and events that have occurred since August 4, 2008, which is the date of the pleading sought to be supplemented. For example, the Executor has learned that as recently as September 22, 2009, Brown continued to maintain copies of Estate property on the Law Firm’s computer, which not only constitutes conversion but is also a violation of the Consent Preliminary Injunction entered by this Court. Therefore, this Court should grant the Executor leave to amend his Complaint pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(d). Through discovery and only after an order from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia compelling Brown’s attendance at a deposition, the Executor learned that Brown and the Law Firm played an integral role in the unauthorized transfer of Estate property. Furthermore, the Executor learned that Brown herself committed numerous acts that fall within the claims alleged by the Executor in this action. Accordingly, this Court should permit the Executor to add Brown and the Law Firm as party defendants pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 15(a)(2) and 20(a)(2). A copy of the First Amended Complaint is attached hereto as Exhibit “A” and is incorporated by reference. The grounds for the Motion are more fully set forth in the accompanying brief, and the factual bases upon which the amended and supplemental claims are based are set forth in Exhibit A. 2
  • 3. 4:08-cv-02753-TLW-TER Date Filed 10/27/09 Entry Number 77 Page 3 of 5 WHEREFORE, the Executor respectfully requests that his motion be granted and this Court enter an order: (1) granting leave for the Executor to file his amended and supplemented complaint; (2) granting leave for the Executor to identify and join the Doe Defendants as the following named parties: Gaither Bengene Thompson, II, Melanie Thompson, and Gina Thompson; (3) joining Susan M. Brown and The Law Offices of Susan M. Brown, P.C. as party defendants; and (4) amending the caption of this action accordingly. The Executor further requests that the Defendants be required to file a pleading in response, if any, not more than ten days after service of the First Amended Complaint. Respectfully submitted this 27th day of October, 2009. /s/ Louis Nettles L. Lin Wood (Georgia Bar No. 774588) (Pro hac vice) Lin.Wood@BryanCave.com Nicole Jennings Wade (Georgia Bar No. 390922) (Pro hac vice) Nicole.Wade@BryanCave.com Luke A. Lantta (Georgia Bar No. 141407) (Pro hac vice) Luke.Lantta@BryanCave.com BRYAN CAVE LLP One Atlantic Center Fourteenth Floor 1201 West Peachtree Street, N.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30309 Telephone: (404) 572-6600 Facsimile: (404) 572-6999 3
  • 4. 4:08-cv-02753-TLW-TER Date Filed 10/27/09 Entry Number 77 Page 4 of 5 Karl A. Folkens (District Court ID No. 854) Karl@folkenslaw.com Louis Nettles (District Court ID No. 2521) Louis@folkenslaw.com FOLKENS LAW FIRM, P.A. 3326 West Palmetto Street Florence, South Carolina 29501 Telephone: (843) 665-0100 Facsimile: (843) 665-0500 Attorneys for the Executor CERTIFICATE OF CONFERENCE Pursuant to Local Rule of Court 7.02, prior to filing this motion, counsel for the Executor conferred with opposing counsel and attempted in good faith to resolve the matter contained in this motion. /s/ L. Lin Wood L. Lin Wood (Georgia Bar No. 774588) (Pro hac vice) Lin.Wood@BryanCave.com 4
  • 5. 4:08-cv-02753-TLW-TER Date Filed 10/27/09 Entry Number 77 Page 5 of 5 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on October 27, 2009, I electronically filed the foregoing document with the Clerk of Court, which will automatically send notification of such filing to the following attorneys of record: R. Scott Joye Susan P. MacDonald Joye, Nappier & Risher, LLC Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP 3575 Highway 17 Business Beach First Center, 3rd Floor Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 3751 Robert M. Grissom Parkway Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Susan M. Brown The Law Offices of Susan M. Brown P.C. 525 Clubhouse Drive Peachtree City, GA 30269 This 27th day of October, 2009. /s/ Louis Nettles Louis Nettles (District Court ID No. 2521) Louis@folkenslaw.com 6025913 5