Business: Trouble in the House of Ford

One of Henry II's attackers teams with a nephew

For 34 years Henry Ford II has been the driving force behind the Ford Motor Co. Since he took control of the then ailing corporation as a young man in the 1940s, he has devoted his prodigious energies to helping build Ford into a worldwide auto empire with 495,000 employees and annual sales of $43 billion. Now, at 61, as he prepares to step aside as chief executive, he is finding himself embroiled in a series of bitter legal skirmishes.

One cause of Ford's difficulties is Roy Cohn, the Manhattan lawyer. Since his days...

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