Law: Life-Styles of the Rich and Famous

First Johnson & Johnson, now Johnson vs. Johnson

When he died in 1983 at the age of 87, J. Seward Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson health-care fortune, left an estate of perhaps $500 million. By the terms of his last will, nearly all of it went to his much younger third wife Barbara, a Polish immigrant who was once the family chambermaid. And thereby hangs a legal squabble currently featuring the unkindest courtroom disclosures this side of the Von B├╝low case. Johnson's six children by previous marriages were virtually all cut from the will. They tar their stepmother as a scheming shrew who came to be the...

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