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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 171

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Thursday, December 4, 1997
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i i t i THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1997 3B Lawyer wants suit joined with tobacco case f i Circuit Judge James Carlisle to combine Montgomery's suit with Florida's tobacco suit and send it to Cohen. The two cases deal with common questions, they said. A hearing is planned on Dec. 18. Montgomery's suit "is a blatant attempt to engage in 'judicial forum shopping' and to avoid compliance with court orders and rulings in the tobacco litigation case," Maher's motion said. But James Beasley, Montgomery's attorney, said the case is about damages. He described the consolidation attempt as silly and said Montgomery's suit has "nothing to do with the issues" fought in the tobacco case and Cohen can't act now because of an appeal seeking his disqualification: They're moving to transfer it to a judge that can't do By Stephanie Artero Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH - Attorney Michael Maher wants the contract-interference lawsuit filed against him by colleague Robert M. Montgomery joined with Florida's tobacco case a move that would place Montgomery's lawsuit before the very judge who barred further investigation of a spat over attorneys fees. Montgomery sued Maher, Philip Morris Inc. and RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. last month, claiming they encouraged the state to circumvent its 25 percent contingency fee contract with the trial team. The settlement of Florida's lawsuit against cigarette makers for $11 billion said the attorneys will be paid reasonable fees set by arbitrators some thing Montgomery said he never agreed to. The tobacco companies and Maher say the suit's claims are untrue. Circuit Judge Harold J. Cohen has ruled that the lawyers' contract can't be enforced because attorneys would get an excessive, $2.8 billion fee. He tossed out liens filed by Montgomery and four other attorneys, ordered arbitration and blocked further investigation of the fee spat Yet Montgomery has said his suit will allow him to "get to the bottom" of what happened. He intends to question Steven Gold-stone, the chief of RJR Nabisco, and Geoffrey C. Bible, the head of Philip Morris Cos., and others. But Maher's attorneys, John Romano and Michael Eriksen, filed papers Wednesday asking Shoe store grows to a $1.3 million iUiiited Way gift j-Tve got the time and I do want to ; be involved,' Arthur Kobacker says. ::ByTimO'Meilia ; ! Palm Beach Post Staff Writer : J WEST PALM BEACH Arthur and Sara Jo ; 'Kobacker had hardly moved into their Boca Raton ; I home last year before they called the United Way of ; Palm Beach County. ; I Would the agency like $49,999? ; '. Then, in June, they scribbled another check, this ; time for $1.3 million. ; '. United Way officials announced the gift .Wednesday. The money will be spent over three or ' ; four years, Executive Director Scott Badesch said. " "Now I'm an old man," said Arthur Kobacker, 73. ; "I've got the time and I do want to be involved." The couple wants to help poor children. Some of the money will be devoted to special projects, such as weekly stipends for students in the Center for Employment Training in Delray Beach. Some will target a particular poor neighborhood. The rest will go to the United Way's general JENNIFER PODISStaff Photographer Sara Jo and Arthur Kobacker answer questions about their United Way gift Wednesday at a press conference at the Kravis Center. distribution to 60 agencies. "The best way to reduce poverty is to attack the needs of the child," Kobacker said. That includes health care, schooling and improving the child-rearing skills of parents, i "If we don't pay now, we pay later with increased medical expenses and more crime," he said. Kobacker opened a shoe store in Columbus, Ohio, in 1960. Thirty-five years later, he sold a 674-store empire to Payless. The Kobackers have contributed millions to the United Way and other agencies in Columbus. "We can't live somewhere without caring," Sara Jo Kobacker said. Redecorate for the Holidays! Schools working to flush out vandalism FREE Decorator Service ,1 FREE Measuring By Marc Freeman Palm Beach Post Staff Writer You wouldn't believe how a few rambunctious 12-year-old boys (and girls) can destroy a bathroom if given the opportunity, says Lake Worth Middle School Principal Sharon Walker. That's why almost one-third of the county's middle schools are locking lavatories during class hours. Instead, they do the potty August. At least six other campuses do the same, and more may follow. There is no districtwide policy on the issue. None of the schools that lock bathrooms have reported opposition from parents. Carver Middle School in Del-ray Beach even got a mention recently in react, a national teens' weekly magazine. A story reported that locked bathroom policies have been turning up at schools across the country. Students must go to the bathroom in groups during supervised class breaks. When kids have emergencies or medical conditions, they're allowed to use toilets near the main office. "It cuts down major on vandalism to the restrooms, and it takes away a hiding place for (class) skippers," Walker said. "When kids go as a class, the restrooms stay clean." Lake Worth Middle School started locking its facilities in r 'A .J & Estimates FREE Written Warranty REE Installation FREE 24 Hour a" . Verticals Draperies Verti scapes Bedspreads Carpeting (III V service v J v. .4 v; : ? BookFest moving to new place, new time next year society, the OJ. Simpson case, and author of Another City, Not My Own, among other novels. BookFest is negotiating for 12 other authors of equivalent standing. designed to attract a broader audience and higher-profile authors. 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