The death in 2007 of Claudia Cohen, a well-known gossip columnist and socialite who married and divorced billionaire Ronald Perelman, led to a high-stakes litigation between her estate and her surviving brother over the valuation of the estate’s 50% share in a family partnership that directly or indirectly owned real estate interests with a market value over $20 million. A recent court decision ruled against the estate’s $11.5 million claim and, instead, enforced a $178,000 “net book value” buyout under the partnership agreement’s formula, also rejecting the estate’s argument that such a drastically below-market buyout was unconscionable. Read this week’s New York Business Divorce to get the full story.

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