Suit Aims to Make Murdoch Next Victim in O.J. Book Debacle

Suit Claims Shell Corporation Created to Get Money to O.J.

The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles claims that Simpson hired Florida attorney Leonardo Stark to create a corporation called Lorraine Brooke -- which the complaint claims are the middle names of Simpson's two children. It says that the company is a shell corporation created to "funnel" profits from Simpson's commercial projects to the former football great.

"There is nothing fraudulent about the transaction with HarperCollins," Simpson's attorney Yale Galanter said. "Mr. Simpson is entitled to work as a head of household to support himself and his children. The Goldmans and their various legal teams are under the impression that Mr. Simpson has an obligation to notify them whenever he is working. That is not correct. They have already lost that battle in the California courts and they will lose this one also."

Last month, the publication of the book and the broadcast of an interview with Regan and Simpson that was set to air on Fox Broadcasting, the sister company of HarperCollins, were cancelled after public backlash and criticism within Fox from Bill O'Reilly and Geraldo Rivera. HarperCollins fired Regan on Friday in wake of the controversy.

The combination of prime time television hours and a presumably chart-topping book would have made millions for parent company News Corp. and the former football star. The interview was set to run during November sweeps, the period when networks try to capture their highest ratings, which set rates for advertisers. The book was scheduled for release on Nov. 30.

In 1995, Simpson was found not guilty of murder in the slayings of his wife and Goldman in a criminal case. However, a jury in a 1997 civil lawsuit found him liable for the deaths and awarded the Goldman and Brown families $33.5 million.

Neither family has been able to collect money from the judgment, and Simpson has publicly and consistently refused to abide by the terms of the settlement.

The lawsuit against News Corp. and HarperCollins will be based on the legal premise of "fraudulent transfer," which in this case would contend that News Corp. executives knowingly conspired to assist Simpson in subverting a civil judgment against him.

Regan Firing: One Win in a Larger War

Regan was abruptly fired last week in what one News Corp. executive described to ABC News as the last straw in a chain of events that began with the Simpson book and reportedly ended with the incendiary phone call Friday between Regan and HarperCollins attorney Mark Jackson.

Regan, a magnet for controversy forever hovering on the lucrative margins of good taste, made millions for News Corp. publishing porn star memoirs and the biographies of attention-getters like Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh. She was unavailable for comment.

Families of the Brentwood, Calif., murder victims on Monday characterized her termination as a battle won in a larger war.

"Hurray!" Denise Brown wrote in an e-mail response to ABC News. "This is just the beginning, though."

"She got what she deserved," Fred Goldman said. "But we will be taking a pretty substantial number of legal actions."

During a heated phone call about the planned publication of "7: The Mickey Mantle Novel," a book that has also raised pre-publication controversy over its depiction of the Yankee great's carousing and sex life, Regan allegedly accused Jackson, who is Jewish, of being part of a conspiratory "cabal."

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