Revlon Boss Goes After Ex-Wife's Family in Court

Billionaire Perelman's lawsuit alleges former brother-in-law connived to grab millions
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2008 4:59 PM CDT
Billionaire investor Ronald O. Perelman is shown at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Deluxe New York, a state-of-the-art motion picture laboratory.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – Revlon's billionaire chairman has sued his former brother-in-law over millions he says are owed to the estate of his late ex-wife and their daughter, Bloomberg reports. Ron Perelman alleges Robert Cohen was “wanton, willful and malicious” in persuading his parents—one ailing, the other incapacitated—to transfer their assets to him, despite verbal promises they made to their daughter, Perelman’s wife at the time.

Said a Perelman lawyer, “We have been forced to pursue litigation to protect the estate's interests, and we believe the court will uphold our claims.” The New Jersey judge allowed the undue influence suit, but noted that “the plaintiffs face significant hurdles to prevail.” (Read more Ron Perelman stories.)