Former Coast RTA leader rejects settlement offer, wants new attorney

Ousted Coast RTA CEO Myers Rollins rejected an offer to settle his lawsuit against the bus service that fired him and recently cut ties with his lawyers because they wanted him to accept the proposed payout, according to court records.

Rollins, who was terminated last year, asked the court to allow him to retain new representation in a motion filed on May 26. Rollins had been represented by Columbia lawyers J. Lewis Cromer and Ashley C. Story.

Neither Cromer nor Story could be reached for comment Thursday.

Story did file a separate motion Wednesday confirming that Rollins had ended his relationship with J. Lewis Cromer & Associates. However, she noted that Rollins had not paid more than $1,800 in costs associated with the case, and the law firm would assert a lien of 40 percent against any settlement up to the amount negotiated during mediation. That amount is not listed in the court filings.