Civil Suit Settled with Tycoon Who Adopted Girlfriend

by | March 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM | General

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A civil suit against a wealthy Florida man who adopted his girlfriend in a legal maneuver to save some of his fortune has been settled, according to ABC News.

Polo tycoon John Goodman was sued by Lili and William Wilson for up to $100 million for the wrongful death of their son, Scott. In Feb. 2010, Goodman allegedly ran a stop sign and smashed his Bentley into the car of 23-year-old Scott before fleeing the scene by foot, according to police reports. Goodman’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, reports indicated.

In Oct. 2011, Goodman adopted his girlfriend, 42-year-old socialite Heather Hutchins, in a bizarre maneuver to protect one-third of his fortune from the Wilsons’ law suit.

The settlement came just as Goodman’s criminal trial was about to begin, but sources declined to share details of the settlement, reports ABC News.

Goodman faces charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash. He could spend up to 30 years in prison if convicted. Meanwhile, his adopted girlfriend could receive as much as $200 million over the next 40 years.

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