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Another lawsuit for the Perelmans

By Laurie Bennett

September 30, 2013 at 6:10am

You have to wonder if there’s a litigious gene in the Perelman family.

Billionaire Ron Perelman has been involved in a succession of messy divorces and contentious lawsuits.

Now his daughter, 23-year-old Samantha Perelman, is in court. She has sued her uncle, James Cohen, accusing him of coercing her grandfather, the late Robert Cohen, to change his will and reduce her inheritance.

Ron Perelman
Ron Perelman

Cohen’s attorneys have described Perelman’s lawsuit as “pure gall,” pointing out that even in the final version of Cohen’s will, she would inherit more than $67 million.

They also suggest that the suit is an attempt by Ronald Perelman to gain control over the Cohen family’s Hudson News fortune.

Samantha Perelman’s mother was gossip columnist Claudia Cohen, the second of Ron Perelman’s five wives. Not so long ago, the cosmetics mogul was in the courts and in the news for his split with his fourth wife, actress Ellen Barkin.

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