The chairman of Terminals Unlimited Inc. has filed a $33.5 million lawsuit against the company's former chief financial executive, charging the executive with making "false, scandalous and defamatory statements" about the Falls Church computer-equipment company.

In the case filed in U.S. District Court Friday, TU Chairman David M. Owens denied charges made in an earlier lawsuit against the company and made countercharges against the former executive, Albert D. Nemecek Jr.

Last February, Nemecek sued his former employer for $7.5 million in damages, charging Owens and TU with engaging in fraudulent financial dealings to mislead TU's creditors and customers about the company's financial health. Nemecek, who left TU last fall after only seven weeks with the company, previously was secretary, treasurer and vice president of Garfinckel, Brooks Brothers, Miller & Rhoads Inc.

Owens' lawsuit against Nemecek charges that Nemecek failed to do the job he was hired for--obtaining more credit and reorganizing the books.

Instead, Owens' suit says, "Nemecek's actions as vice president and chief financial officer . . . were harmful to the company in that he disrupted Terminals' relationship with banks, with its brokerage house, with its independent accountant, and with certain employes of the company with whom Nemecek spoke."

The lawsuit alleges that Nemecek falsely told TU's independent accountants and brokerage houses that Owens was "a crook." Nemecek also allegedly told a group of TU employes that Owens was involved in "shady" dealings, the suit adds.

Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that, immediately after Nemecek left the company, he contacted an official of Maryland National Bank "and made allegations to the bank which caused the bank to withdraw a loan previously granted to Terminals."

"He was working against company interests by attempting to show and alleging fraud, which he knew was not there instead of doing his job to improve the company," the suit says.

On learning of Owen's suit yesterday, Nemecek said "I stand by my original suit." Nemecek said that he did meet with the bank on "an informal basis," but he denied that he ever called Owens "a crook."

Nemecek declined to comment further until he talks with his lawyer. Terminals Unlimited's Chief Countersues Former Executive by Caroline E. Mayer Washington Post Staff Writer

The chairman of Terminals Unlimited Inc. has filed a $33.5 million lawsuit against the company's former chief financial executive, charging the executive with making "false, scandalous and defamatory statements" about the Falls Church computer-equipment company.

In the case filed in U.S. District Court Friday, TU Chairman David M. Owens denied charges made in an earlier lawsuit against the company and made countercharges against the former executive, Albert D. Nemecek Jr.

Last February, Nemecek sued his former employer for $7.5 million in damages, charging Owens and TU with engaging in fraudulent financial dealings to mislead TU's creditors and customers about the company's financial health. Nemecek, who left TU last fall after only seven weeks with the company, previously was secretary, treasurer and vice president of Garfinckel, Brooks Brothers, Miller & Rhoads Inc.

Owens' lawsuit against Nemecek charges that Nemecek failed to do the job he was hired for--obtaining more credit and reorganizing the books.

Instead, Owens' suit says, "Nemecek's actions as vice president and chief financial officer . . . were harmful to the company in that he disrupted Terminals' relationship with banks, with its brokerage house, with its independent accountant, and with certain employes of the company with whom Nemecek spoke."

The lawsuit alleges that Nemecek falsely told TU's independent accountants and brokerage houses that Owens was "a crook." Nemecek also allegedly told a group of TU employes that Owens was involved in "shady" dealings, the suit adds.

Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that, immediately after Nemecek left the company, he contacted an official of Maryland National Bank "and made allegations to the bank which caused the bank to withdraw a loan previously granted to Terminals."

"He was working against company interests by attempting to show and alleging fraud, which he knew was not there instead of doing his job to improve the company," the suit says.

On learning of Owen's suit yesterday, Nemecek said "I stand by my original suit." Nemecek said that he did meet with the bank on "an informal basis," but he denied that he ever called Owens "a crook."

Nemecek declined to comment further until he talks with his lawyer.