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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Legal beef boiling in NYC court over Boar’s Head deli meats fortune

Boars"A salty beef is sizzling among the heirs to the Boar's Head fortune, no matter how you slice it." 

The death Barbara Brunckhorst, daughter of Boar's Head found Frank Brunckhorst, was the cause of a fight between the two families "who control the secretive deli meats company estimated to earn around $1 billion annually." 

The legal dispute us between Frank Brunckhorst III, the grandson of the founder of Boar's Head and Barbara's nephew and, on the other side, Eric Bischoff, grandson of Frank Brunckhorst's brother in law. 

Brunckhorst and Bischoff started the business in 1905, selling meats from a horse-drawn wagon in Brooklyn. The company has been split between the two families ever since. 

One of Barbara's last dying wishes was to donate a "substantial portion" of her stake in the meat company to "environmental charities and neuroscience research." Frank III, who apparently had a "deep bond" with Barbara, stated that he intended to go through with that plan.

Bischoff believes that he is entitled to Barbara's shares. 

"Eric, apparently motivated by breathtaking greed, asserts and threatens to pursue claims that Frank is not entitled to acquire Barbara Brunckhorst Shares," the suit states. 

While Frank III qualifies as an active employee, Eric Bischoff has not been involved in the day to day operations of the company since 2008 and is not an employee.

See Stephen Rex Brown, Legal beef boiling in NYC court over Boar’s Head deli meats fortune, N.Y. Daily News, June 4, 2021. 

Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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