Billionaire’s daughter in NJ court in will dispute

Updated at: 09/28/2013 9:05 AM
By DAVID PORTER

(AP) HACKENSACK, N.J. - A bitter dispute pitting a billionaire’s daughter against her late grandfather’s estate is playing out in a New Jersey courtroom.

The trial in Hackensack is the latest chapter in a fight between Revlon Chairman Ron Perelman’s 23-year-old daughter, Samantha, and her uncle James Cohen. He runs Hudson News, which operates newsstands in train stations and airports nationwide.

Samantha Perelman’s late mother, Claudia Cohen, was James Cohen’s sister. Their father, Robert Cohen, took over his family’s newspaper distribution company in the 1940s, and it developed into Hudson News, which was sold in 2008 for about $800 million.

Robert Cohen suffered from a Parkinson’s-like disease and died in 2012. Samantha Perelman claims James Cohen illegally pressured his ailing father into taking her out of portions of his will. Cohen denies it.

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