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Long-Dead King Ranch
Lawsuit Comes To Life

SAN ANTONIO A 122 year-old lawsuit involving the King Ranch has been revived as the result of a ruling by a Texas appeals court.

In the suit, the widow of one of the founders of the King Ranch claimed she was cheated out of her share of the ranching enterprise, according to the Associated Press.

Justices of the 13th Court of Appeals, in a two-to-one decision, overturned two summary judgments from the 1800s that stymied a civil suit filed by the heirs of William Chapman, a friend and business partner of Richard King.

Chapman died in 1859. The decision was handed down this month.

The suit contends that King and Robert Kleberg, King's son-in-law, defrauded Chapman's widow of her share of the original ranch.

Jack Hunt, chief executive officer of King Ranch Inc., says the company will appeal.

     



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