Restraining order against killer preventing royalties

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The family of murdered swimsuit designer, found drowned in a bathtub at the swanky Soho House in New York City, has filed a restraining notice against her killer to prevent him from collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties for "You Light Up My Life," the 1970s hit song written by his father, Joseph Brooks.

Nickolas Brooks was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, for the 2010 murder of swimsuit designer Sylvie Cachay. 

In 2014 the Cachay family filed a civil suit and was awarded $12.5 million. 

According to the family's lawyer, Susan Karten, Brooks did not show up for the civil trial and has yet to pay a single dime of the judgment. 

Now the family has filed a restraining notice to prevent Brooks from receiving any money from royalties or family trusts.

"We found out that there was a possibility that Nicholas Brooks would be gaining money from royalties that his father had with regard to commercial that his father did and songs that his father wrote," Karten said.

The family learned that Brooks might receive $132,000 in royalties from his father's estate and possibly another $172,000 right after that. 

According to Karten, "if there's any money that's going to be paid to Nicholas Brooks they cannot do that because we have a judgment for $12.5 million and that will stop any money from being paid."