“I can’t get e-mails, letters or calls to him without them being screened.”. The team interests held by the heirs consist wholly of non-voting units, while Benson retained all controlling shares. In 30 minutes he might ask you the same questions four or five times.”, When asked if the tycoon can still effectively manage the multimillion-dollar trusts he established for his daughter and grandchildren, Renee answered quietly, “Unfortunately, no.”. Covid Superspreader Risk Is Linked to Restaurants, Gyms, Hotels, China-Anchored Free-Trade Zone, World’s Biggest, Nearly Done, Target Is Reopening Its Looted Store With Black Shoppers in Mind, Stocks Slump on Lockdown Angst Amid Stimulus Limbo: Markets Wrap, Deep-Freeze Hurdle Makes Pfizer’s Vaccine One for the Rich. In the background are Bennett Stahl (foreground) and Emily Liljenwall, Renee Benson's co-counsels, and Art Bayern (far left), receiver for the Shirley Benson Testamentary Trust. Renee said she didn’t know whether her daughter, Rita, used “profane language” during a halftime confrontation with Gayle at a recent Saints’ game. The family has a large stake in DIY moving company U-Haul, which was founded by the late Leonard Shoen and his wife Anna Mary Carty in … Benson's amended complaint indicates that neither the NFL nor the NBA has yet signed off on any proposed changes in ownership of the sports teams. John Davenport, Staff / San Antonio Express-News. Early life and education. Renee's personal network of family, friends, associates & neighbors include Alisha Huff, Paula Bloom, Joseph Vivier, Alexis Campanini and Mandi Pizer. Rita was vice-chairman of both the Saints’ and Pelicans’ organizations. She has a brother, Ryan LeBlanc. “The quotes recently published from a March deposition should be taken with the perspective that Tom Benson is almost 89 years old and, like many of our greatest generation, has been having increasingly challenging problems with his memory for several years,” said a statement released Saturday by his daughter, Renee Benson and grandchildren Rita and Ryan LeBlanc. The Louisiana case is In Re: Interdiction of Thomas Milton Benson Jr., 15-655, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, Louisiana (New Orleans). The settlement, which is confidential, resolves the control of Tom Benson’s Texas assets. His filing asks the court to order the trustees of his heirs' trusts to join with him in seeking the necessary approvals from both leagues in order to allow him to reclaim all the team shares. Tom Benson and his wife, Gayle, look at a cellphone as they wait for the start of a NFL news conference earlier this year. Renee Benson, meanwhile, through a trust set up for her in her mother's name, owns all shares of the Chevrolet, Honda and Mercedes-Benz dealerships previously owned by Tom Benson in San Antonio. They “never rose to the task,” Wittmann said. Benson’s Dec. 27 e-mail severing the ties with his daughter and her children pinpointed their attitude toward his wife as a big part of the problem. “We’re not going to open them unless he’s there,” she said. The Shoens rule the roost in Arizona. Benson is shown with her daughter, Rita, leaving the New Orleans Civil District Court in June during a related court battle over the Benson estate. Renee Benson and her children were dealt a legal setback this week when the Louisiana Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal of the decision that deemed Tom Benson was competent to manage his own affairs. Benson, who is a San Antonio auto dealer and also owns the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, also claimed "they tried to kill me, for one thing," without providing specific details on the allegation. The back-and-forth was the latest salvo fired in an ongoing, bitter feud between Benson and his heirs. LeBlanc is the daughter of Russell LeBlanc and Renee Benson, the daughter of Tom Benson, the principal owner of the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. In state court in New Orleans, where Benson lives, a court hearing is set for next week. Benson argued he did so by canceling millions of dollars' worth of debt and turning over $500 million in promissory notes due in about 25 years, but trust officials disagreed. “Things are just not right,” the family said in a court filing. RELATED: New Orleans Saints and Pelicans billionaire Tom Benson testifies his heirs 'tried to kill me'. When editors at Forbes.com on Thursday publicized their annual valuation estimates of National Football League teams and pegged the New Orleans Saints at $1.75 billion, they didn't do Tom Benson any favors. Gerlach has also written for WCHL, Reese News, TheBlackFalcon.net, the Carrboro Citizen, the Carrboro Commons and the Carolina Review. The Pelicans' value is about $650 million, according to January 2016 estimate by Forbes. She and her family also haven’t opened “a bucket” of Christmas gifts Benson sent them in lieu of an invitation to his holiday celebration in New Orleans.
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