Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart Foes.(Metropolitan)

Byline: Dan McKay Journal Staff Writer

A state district judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed against several neighborhood groups and other opponents of the Wal-Mart-anchored West Bluff Center.

The suit filed in June by developer Geltmore Inc. and 10 individuals alleged that foes of the project engaged in fraud, deceit and misrepresentation. The suit sought compensatory and punitive damages from opponents who fought the project during city meetings and in court.

At Wednesday's hearing, District Judge William Lang sided entirely with the defendants and said the First Amendment protects their right to petition the government for redress of grievances. …

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