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Revenue From Simpson Firms to Go to Families of Victims, Judge Rules

June 24, 1997

If either of O.J. Simpson's two business enterprises make any more money, the proceeds will go toward paying off the $33.5-million civil judgment against Simpson, a Superior Court judge ruled Monday.

Both companies are virtually devoid of funds, lawyers said, which might help explain why the judge's order was not opposed by Simpson's legal team. It is unclear whether the two companies will ever generate any significant revenue, the lawyers said.

In a hearing before Judge Irving Shimer in Beverly Hills, lawyers representing all parties in the matter agreed to an order that any money paid to Orenthal Productions and Pigskins Inc. would go to the families of slaying victims Ronald Lyle Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.

A Civil Court jury in February found Simpson liable for their deaths and awarded civil damages to their estates. A Criminal Court jury previously found Simpson not guilty of the June 12, 1994, murders.

Each of the attorneys also agreed that a $100,000 loan Simpson made to his former father-in-law, if repaid, would also go toward Simpson's civil debt. But that money was also in question, with Simpson's attorneys indicating that the loan might not have ever taken place.

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