Bill for her epic inheritance battle runs into millions of dollars Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum has commenced proceedings to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in costs associated with the eight-year legal battle over her late husband's HK$24 billion estate. The case is being handled by the Court of Final Appeal, which last year affirmed that Teddy Wang Teh-huei had signed a will leaving everything to his wife. The will, executed about a month before Teddy Wang's kidnapping in 1990, replaced one he wrote in 1968 that left everything to his father, Wang Din-shin, 93. Mrs Wang is seeking an order for all costs associated with the marathon legal battle she waged in defence of allegations by Wang Din-shin that the 1990 will was a forgery. Aside from the present hearing and myriad interlocutory actions surrounding each phase of the tussle, the case had spent 174 days in the Court of First Instance, 28 days in the Court of Appeal and 10 days in the Court of Final Appeal. As the longest civil action in the city's history, the costs associated with it are said to run to several hundred million dollars. Although Mrs Wang previously stated that she had no intention of forcing Wang Din-shin - who lives on a pension supplied by the estate - to pay up, her counsel said the order was necessary in case the suspected backers of her father-in-law attempted to recoup some of their lost investment. 'Mrs Wang's concern is that having decided not to pursue these costs, she may get sued for millions of dollars over many years,' said Geoffrey Vos QC. He described the pursuit of Mrs Wang as 'hostile litigation par excellence'. Likening it to one of the monsters in Greek mythology, he said: 'This litigation was a Gorgon that acquired a life of its own because of the intentions of the people behind it.' He said Wang Din-shin's side had failed in its aggressive attempts to topple the will and should be made to pay. Edward Chan King-sang SC, counsel for Wang Din-shin, said earlier that the estate should bear the costs of the legal fight because with so much at stake, it was reasonable to question the 1990 will. The existence of that document was only revealed in 1998, after Mrs Wang's father-in-law moved to have his son declared dead. The hearing continues today before Mr Justice Patrick Chan Siu-oi, Mr Justice Roberto Ribeiro, and non-permanent judges Mr Justice Henry Litton, Sir Noel Power and Lord Scott of Foscote.