Monday, January 22, 2018
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Casey Anthony agrees to pay $25K to settle life-story dispute

TAMPA — Casey Anthony has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a dispute in her bankruptcy case surrounding the rights to sell her life story, according to records.

Anthony filed for bankruptcy protection this year. In March, trustee Stephen L. Meininger filed a motion seeking permission to sell "the exclusive worldwide rights" of her life story.

He argued Anthony's story is an asset that could be sold to help pay the more than $790,000 she owes others.

Anthony's bankruptcy attorneys have opposed the motion, saying it creates a "slippery slope that would have dangerous repercussions far beyond the scope of this case."

Meininger withdrew his motion in May. But a joint-party filing indicated Meininger and Anthony's attorneys were discussing potential resolutions.

In a joint filing made Wednesday, the parties asked the judge to enter an order authorizing Meininger to "compromise a controversy between the Estate and the Debtor relating to intellectual property rights, the right of publicity and commercialization of the Debtor's life story. … "

The sides agree that the concept of selling the "alleged property interest is novel and has not been addressed by any case law that the parties have been able to discover." According to the filing, the parties agree a $25,000 settlement is in the best interest of the creditors in the case.

The bankruptcy judge has not issued an order on the request.

It's unclear how Anthony would obtain the $25,000. Attempts to reach her attorneys were not immediately successful.

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