Legal battle over Wayne Newton’s estate appears to be over

The nearly yearlong legal fight over the failed attempt to convert entertainer Wayne Newton’s estate into a theme park and museum appears to have been settled.

At a Friday hearing concerning the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of CSD, the company formed to carry out the plan, the terms of a deal were sealed. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Bruce Markell said the terms could involve paying money into a court-controlled account, but no details were given about the amount, who would make the deposit or who would receive it.

Nor would attorneys say whether the deal resolved all issues among the people involved with CSD, including majority owner and Texas businessman Lacy Harber, Newton and his wife, Kathleen, former project manager Steve Kennedy and former girlfriend Geneva Clark.

However, future court dates for other issues, including long-term leases covering the three houses on the property, have been postponed indefinitely.

For now, said James Greene, one of the attorneys in the case, the 38-acre Casa de Shenandoah estate remains on the sales block. He added that could change because of the settlement, but he gave no specifics.

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