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Protesters at mall win case

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court has ruled that shopping malls can’t stop protesters from urging the boycott of stores while on mall property.

In a 4-3 decision Monday, the justices ruled that the Fashion Valley mall in San Diego violated California’s free speech laws when it kicked out demonstrators in 1998.

Members of a workers’ union at the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper were forced out of the mall for distributing leaflets urging the boycott of the Robinsons-May store.

The union was involved in a dispute with company management and wanted to hurt Robinsons-May’s business because it advertised in the newspaper.The high court ruled that California’s free speech laws protect such demonstrations.

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