Indiana Gazette, 4 June 1980
Involves $23 Million In Damages * "* ^B^ a> Jury Selected In Eagles Antitrust Suit PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Testimony was expected to begin today in the antitrust suit filed by owner Leonard Tose of the Philadelphia Eagles Eagles who seeks $23 million in. damages for an alleged 1977 conspiracy to seize his National National Football League team and drive him into bankruptcy. A jury of seven women and five men was chosen Tuesday in the'courtroom of U.S. Dis'- trict Judge Clifford' Scott Green where the spectators were more interested in the Eagles players than in the legal legal manuevering. Present, for the opening plays, in which 11 lawyers were involved, were nine star Eagle players and their coach, Dick 'Vermeil, who may be a witness before the trial ends, probably sometime in July.. Sally Mrvos Appointed Clerk Of Appeals Court PHILADELPHIA (AP) Sally Sally Mrvos has been appointed appointed clerk of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, replacing Thomas F. Quinn, who retires July 28. The announcement, was made Tuesday. Miss Mrvos, a former assistant assistant dean of the Duquesne School of Law from which she was graduated in 1962, served as prothonotory of the state Supreme Court for the past six years.. Quinn has been clerk of the circuit court since 1966. The appointment was announced by Chief Judge Collins J. Seitz. Tpse's chief counsel, Joseph AHoto, former mayor ; of San Francisco,, was scheduled to give his opening statement to^ day. . .. • . ' Green told the panel of 37 men and women, from among whom the jury was chosen, that there may be as many as 75 witnesses,-most of them lawyers, bankers and accountants accountants involved in the complicated complicated financing and legal arrangements arrangements surrounding Tose's ownership of the team he bought in 1969. Tose filed the original legal' action two years ago against four Philadelphia banks and one bank in New-York. He also sued two bank officers, a onetime onetime trusted financial advisor and two minority holders of Eagle stock.' - • Tose bought out the minori- . ty partners, Herbert Barness and John Firestone, dismissing dismissing his money claims against them but retaining: them as co-conspirators in his lawsuit. Charges against Girard Bank of Philadelphia and Chase Manhattan of New York also ; were dropped. ' Remaining as defendants are First Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Philadelphia National and Provident Provident National; John Bunting and John Pemberton, retired First Pennsylvania officers, and Sidney Forstater, whom Tose fired and who has filed a counterclaim'against the Eagle Eagle owner claiming defamation defamation of character and breach of contract. Tose alleges the defendants conspired in unreasonable restraint restraint of trade for the purpose purpose of injuring the business of Tose and the Eagles and forcing him to sell his Bridgeport trucking firm in 1979 for $3.5 million less than it was worth. Tose charges that Barness, who had a 29 per cent interest in the Eagles, conspired with Bunting ; and the other defendants defendants to oust Tose as the controlling controlling partner of the football club so that Barness and Bunting Bunting could acquire control of the team. ' . Tose said the financial shenanigans shenanigans began in mid-1977 when First'Pennsylvania demanded demanded imifhediate payment of some $5.5 million due oh the balance of a $11 million loan Tose had made in 1969 to acquire acquire the Eagles. Tose seeks triple compensatory compensatory damages of $15 million for antitrust violations, $6 million: million: in punitive damages, $1 million for emotional distress and injury to reputati6n,?and $1 million for .allegedly illegally illegally conspiring to fix interest rates. i 1 < GNC General Nutrltk>n Centers 500 prig. VITAMI 750 STORES NATIONWIDE THAT CAN SAVt YOU MONEY B-15 100 Supertron tOCMTlCM 1O - Ttwragran-M MG-50 B-COMPIEX 49 Supreme VITAMI $-199 1 100. - SENSATIONAL 1C SALE Modeletts mamin2/$19 B-6-. i«tin Tablets 2/S100 tmur ' - • Meai; Diet 2/$ KCH b.™ CLOVER Honey PRUNES 89 aam ROLLED Oat Heal 39f. Bulgor Wheat TO* • 9i>> SUMMER'S BEST TAN Sunburn IWM Suntan Oil ftutV* O- • • •«« i MM ***• O" « Surrtan Lotion CALIFORNIA DATES $459 •Iv/, .m^ I»U1 Z/SJ40 ^Is:!'??" ^Is:!'??" JNMGES110N? '- ""yoSii 2/SO96 100- Lectthm Granules Sun- Bloc fsafflower OH $•189 • ttu IFruttRoHs PrctzinS Almonds 99: Wtan You Buy~ f- GNC> NMOM4 '0 Inral Squ*r«lt«« J3S. America's U Met & Null • VIT »•» Uraest Selection of Health, IrttkMU/FMiis-Jt WSCMMI Prio Price*. - MOTEIM MOOOCT1 • HOMCT M<XA*W« -„ • WIIOKT COtlTHOL • HMITH iOOM •UWUMtMTJ . MilO I«U(T» • N»TUM COtMCTIC* HUTS. U(OS • WMOlf 0**M* • HtM TfA» INDIANA MALL Open Mon. thru Sat. 10 am.-9:30 p.m.