Dart lawsuit asks $43 million from the company's chairman Action seeks money paid to Haft's son, fired in 1993; Retailing


Dart Group Corp. again sued its chairman, Herbert H. Haft, seeking recompense for the $43 million that the company paid in connection with the 1993 firing of Haft's son, Robert M. Haft.

Dart's announcement yesterday marked only the latest of reams of litigation filed by, against and among Dart and the Hafts.

Robert Haft won a $38 million judgment from Dart after his father fired him from the president's position, and the company said it also paid more than $5 million in lawyers' fees and other legal costs. Now Dart wants Herbert Haft to pay it back, claiming he was to blame for the expense.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington. At the same time, Dart also sued Herbert Haft in Prince George's County Circuit Court, the company said yesterday, seeking unspecified damages related to real estate and lease transactions with Haft.

"The company and its counsel have been investigating the matters covered by these lawsuits for some time, and we have made efforts to reach a global resolution of these and other problems with Mr. Haft," said L. G. Schafran, chairman of Dart's Executive Committee. "We have determined that it is now appropriate to seek judicial resolution of these matters."

The latest suits are in addition to a claim for $80 million against Haft and others made in a 1995 filing, Dart said. Landover-based Dart sued Haft and members of his family last year over commercial real estate they owned, saying they leased unneeded warehouse space to the company.

Plaintiffs in the latest litigation also include Crown Books Corp. and Trak Auto Corp., separate companies in which Dart owns stock.

Pub Date: 12/18/96

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