Monday, March 18, 2013

Paternity lawsuit against Michael Jordan dropped

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The paternity lawsuit filed recently by Pamela Smith, who alleged that NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan was the father of her 16-year-old son, has been dropped, according to a Monday report.

The report said that Smith has filed legal documents in Georgia asking the judge to dismiss her case against Jordan. However, she did so "without prejudice," which means that she can refile the lawsuit at a later time if she wants to.

Why did Smith derail her paternity lawsuit, but "without prejudice"? That's a good question, as when she filed it originally she asked the court to order Jordan to provide a DNA test.

Although the reasons are not known, the timeline is. Smith filed the suit on Feb. 6. Court documents show that a hearing was scheduled for March 12. On March 15, court records list that the case was dismissed "without prejudice by party."

It is, of course, possible that Jordan and Smith reached an out-of-court settlement, or instead halted legal action until a settlement can be worked out. The actual reason, however, is unknown.

Pamela Smith had filed a paternity suit in Fulton County, Ga. in an attempt to establish the NBA Hall of Fame member as the father of her son, Grant Pierce Jay Jordan Reynolds, also known as Taj. Taj was born in June of 1996, and for those wondering, at the time Jordan was married to Juanita Vanoy. Jordan and Vanoy wed in September of 1989; they divorced in December of 2006.

In semi-related news, in early March, Jordan and longtime girlfriend Yvette Prieto got a marriage license.

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