Claudia Raffone filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010.
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Woman at center of inheritance dispute files for bankruptcy


May 09, 2011

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An NYC apartment building that was the center of an inheritance dispute was sold in bankruptcy court.

An eight year-long real estate dispute between a woman and her stepfather ended this week, when the New York City building in question was sold at auction after the woman filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to the website The Real Deal.

Los Angeles resident Claudia Raffone and her stepfather, Henry Douglas Campbell, have been battling each other since 2003 over the rights to the 49-unit residential building in the Upper West Side, according to a previous report on the website. The building was owned by Raffone's mother, who Raffone said left it to her along with the rest of her estate at her death. However, Campbell also claimed he was given control of the estate through a will drafted at a later date.

The source said Raffone, who still controlled the building through a company called Nevada Star, filed for bankruptcy in 2010 a day before a New York judge was going to hold a court-ordered auction.

The Real Deal said the property was finally purchased by Manhattan real estate owner Robert Gilardian, who won it with a $20.1 million bid on May 4. Raffone was present in the courtroom at the time of the auction, reported the source.

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