Whitney Houston Wins Lawsuit Against Her Step-Mom

31 Jan

R&B Superstar Whitney Houston recently claimed victory in the Federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in a sometimes-ugly lawsuit against the woman who married her father.  That step-mother, Barbara Houston, had sued Whitney back in 2008.   When Whitney’s father, John, died in 2003, Whitney received one million dollars as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.

According to Forbes Magazine, Barbara felt that money was really meant to benefit her.  Whitney had lent her father a great deal of money, some of it to buy a house that John lived in with Barbara.  When John Houston died, Barbara inherited the house.  Because of that particular loan, Whitney owned the mortgage on the house.

Barbara claimed the life insurance money was meant to repay Whitney for that mortgage.  When Whitney refused to credit the life insurance money against the mortgage, Barbara sued.

Whitney was not pleased.  She counter-sued, pointing out in a public court record that Barbara met her father while she was a “custodial care service worker” (in other words, a “maid”), cleaning his house.  Barbara was 40 years younger thanWhitney’s dad and starting dating him when he was still married to Whitney’s mother.  Whitney also brought up the fact that John and Barbara were married shortly after he divorced Whitney’s mother.

As part of this lawsuit, Whitney also sought a judgment for the mortgage to be repaid, with interest, which totaled about $1.6 million by then.

Barbara and her lawyers brought up several letters, written by various accountants.  They argued to the judge that these writings suggested the insurance policy really was meant to repay the mortgage.  The problem was that there never was a written agreement between John and Whitney Houston documenting this, and everyone from Whitney’s camp denied they had an agreement. Instead, Whitney pointed out that she lent her father lots of money, and this insurance policy meant to repay other loans, not the mortgage money.

The Judge agreed with Whitney and dismissed the lawsuit, without holding a trial, in late 2010.  Barbara filed an appeal. Late last month, the Federal Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal and upheld Whitney’s victory.  This ruling clears the way for Whitney to proceed with foreclosing on the house.

Read More: http://www.forbes.com/sites/trialandheirs/2012/01/30/whitney-houston-denies-shes-broke-wins-lawsuit-vs-step-mom/2/

4 Responses to “Whitney Houston Wins Lawsuit Against Her Step-Mom”

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    Best singer ever, enough said!

  2. Joy March 6, 2012 at 3:21 am #

    John Houston clearly meant to leave that money to his daughter. He was not stupid, if he wanted Barbara to have it he would have left documentation and mentioned her as benefiary in the policy. He knew what he was doing. he wanted his daughter to have the money.

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