Summary Box: Samsung family in public spat

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FILE - In this July 6, 2011 file photo, Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee, right, greets people from the South Korean delegation in Durban, South Africa, for the 123rd International Olympic Committee (IOC) session that will decide the host city for the 2018 Olympics Winter Games. A feud over the riches of South Korea's Samsung business empire has erupted in public as family members prepare to take an inheritance battle to court. Lee, chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., which is the flagship company of the Samsung conglomerate, is facing off against his older brother, a sister and a nephew's wife who all want a bigger piece of the Samsung cake. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)
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FILE - In this July 6, 2011 file photo, Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee, right, greets people from the South Korean delegation in Durban, South Africa, for the 123rd International Olympic Committee (IOC) session that will decide the host city for the 2018 Olympics Winter Games. A feud over the riches of South Korea's Samsung business empire has erupted in public as family members prepare to take an inheritance battle to court. Lee, chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., which is the flagship company of the Samsung conglomerate, is facing off against his older brother, a sister and a nephew's wife who all want a bigger piece of the Samsung cake. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

THE SPAT: A feud over the riches of South Korea's Samsung business empire has erupted in public as family members prepare to take an inheritance battle to court.

THE SIGNIFICANCE: The court battle might upset a dynastic succession in Samsung's leadership as it could result in the unraveling of a cross-shareholding structure that allows Lee Kun-hee to control the group as a minority shareholder.

THE PARTIES: Lee Kun-hee, chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., is facing off against his older brother, a sister and a nephew's wife who all want a bigger piece of the Samsung cake.

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