PUNTIVE ISSUE NEXT IN FOOD LION SUIT

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A federal jury here was to begin hearings last week on whether to award punitive damages to the Food Lion supermarket chain in connection with its lawsuit against ABC News. The suit centered on ABC's news-gathering methods.trial.Some observers viewed the award's size as something of a victory for ABC since it amounted to about $1,000 less than the retailer had sought.At issue in

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A federal jury here was to begin hearings last week on whether to award punitive damages to the Food Lion supermarket chain in connection with its lawsuit against ABC News. The suit centered on ABC's news-gathering methods.

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Some observers viewed the award's size as something of a victory for ABC since it amounted to about $1,000 less than the retailer had sought.

At issue in the lawsuit was the matter of how ABC collected information about

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