Ex-wife pursues Hagaman from US

Hotel magnate Earl Hagaman is facing fresh claims from his US-based ex-wife in a landmark case spanning courts in Christchurch, Wellington and Los Angeles.Barbara Fairbank, understood to be the third of Mr Hagaman's former wives, has applied to a state court in Los Angeles to re-open a long-standing matrimonial property dispute.In preparation for the trial, set down for November 10, Ms Fairbank's US lawyers have applied to question eight New Zealand-based witnesses, including Mr Hagaman's fifth and current wife, and two of his lawyers.

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