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February 28, 2013

S.C. Court Scuttles Deal Over James Brown's Will

South Carolina's highest court has rejected a settlement of James Brown's estate, saying it gave too much to members of the late soul superstar's family and not enough to his charitable trust, according to Reuters.

The 2009 deal provided "an outright gift of half of the estate to the family members and purported family members who challenged Brown's will and trust based on tenuous claims," the state Supreme Court said in Wednesday's ruling, which sends the matter back to circuit court for further proceedings.

The court also said then-state Attorney General Henry McMaster overreached his authority in brokering a settlement of claims by Mr. Brown's wife and several of his children to a larger share of his wealth. The deal aimed to end a long legal fight over a will in which Mr. Brown, who died in 2006, left the bulk of his estate to his charity to pay for educating disadvantaged youths.