CHAINS WATCH APPEAL IN OREGON PETITION SUIT

PORTLAND, Ore. (FNS) -- Four major retailers are watching the appeal of a $2 million damage award work its way to the Oregon Supreme Court, in hopes of winning some protection against signature-gatherers.That case, Lois Stranahan vs. Fred Meyer Stores, was brought by a woman who was arrested in 1989 for trespassing at a Fred Meyer store while she was gathering initiative signatures. The criminal charges

PORTLAND, Ore. (FNS) -- Four major retailers are watching the appeal of a $2 million damage award work its way to the Oregon Supreme Court, in hopes of winning some protection against signature-gatherers.

That case, Lois Stranahan vs. Fred Meyer Stores, was brought by a woman who was arrested in 1989 for trespassing at a Fred Meyer store while she was gathering initiative signatures. The criminal charges were later dropped. She claimed false arrest, and won $125,000 in general damages

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