The Daily News, Huntington, PA; 11 July 1980
at Ruling On Tose Case Is Given PHILADELPHIA (UPI) A federal court battle between Philadelphia Eagles' owner Leonard Tose and his former accountant, Sidney Forstater, has ended with both men getting less than they wanted. A jury ruled Thursday that Tose owes Forstater, 52, Dresher, Montgomery County, $69,000 in back pay. Forstater had sought $3 million. He charged Tose defamed him at a 1977 news conference by describing him as a "disloyal employee" who had "collaborated" with bankers to wrest control of the team from his boss. Immediately after the news conference Forstater was fired. But Tose did not pay off his one-year, $100,000 contract, which included $25,000 severance and other fringes, the jury said. While the jury found Forstater was neither "disloyal" nor a "collaborator," it ruled Tose had not defamed the accountant. Tose, in a $15 million damage suit, had charged Forstater, several local banks and others with conspiring to oust him from the Eagles. But U.S. District Judge Clifford Scott Green 10 days ago dismissed the complaint, saying there was insufficient evidence. The same jury heard Forstater's counter-claim. 'Pose's lawyer, former San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto, said he will appeal the judge's action and the back- pay award to Forstater. Forstater also lost on claims he was entitled to a $100,000 "bonus" for some extra financial work done in the early 1970s, based on a "oral promise" Tose denied making. The jury also ruled that Tose did not owe Forstater another $158,750. This claim was based on a letter Tose signed in 1976 promising to pay the money lor some stock.