Tenant Not Required to Allow Political Solicitation

February 1, 2008
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Facts: A group of political campaign workers were collecting voter signatures near the entrances of three stores in a shopping center, when store officials asked them to leave the premises. The stores all had specific policies regulating solicitation of customers.

The campaign workers sued the stores, claiming a violation of their right to free speech. The stores asked a trial court to rule in their favor without a trial, arguing that the campaign workers had no right to work on the property, as the property was not a public forum.

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