Saturday, October 05, 2002

CAA appealing dismissal of civil suit

        The Cincinnati Arts Association is appealing the dismissal of its civil suit against six members of the Coalition for a Just Cincinnati.

        Filed in March, the suit sought to recoup millions in financial losses the group attributed to the economic boycott of Cincinnati. The defendants, the suit contended, were responsible for encouraging entertainers to cancel their performances at CAA venues.

        In August, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Nurre dismissed the suit, saying boycotters are protected under the First Amendment and have a right to protest perceived problems in the city.

        The CAA had sought to prove it was an innocent victim caught in the crosshairs of a weapon aimed at the city.

        Boycotters successfully convinced such performers as Bill Cosby, Wynton Marsalis and Whoopi Goldberg to cancel their Cincinnati shows.

        Overall, the CAA sought to regain $86,850 in actual losses from each of the six defendants, in addition to $500,000 per defendant in punitive damages.

        The attorney for the six defendants - Amanda Mayes, Michelle Taylor Mitchell, Linda Newman, and the Revs. James W. Jones, Stephen Scott, and Donald Sherman - was unavailable for comment Friday.


Bush puts war spotlight on Cincinnati
Suburbanites mobilizing on local issues
Recent examples of neighbors fighting back
Luken scolds Ohio Legislature
School districts weigh pop policy
Warren County, UC explore partnership
GUTIERREZ: For good time, call clowns
McNUTT: Glendale's history safe and protected
RADEL: Father, son learn about life on trail
Police investigate homicide in Norwood
Police: Offering beer to killer OK
Teen sought in stabbing at mall
Flat giving holds back United Way
Group holds voter signup
Police grant to build trust
School vows to defy state, stay open
Storms, high winds cut power to 35,000
Beech Acres Park plans intensify
- CAA appealing dismissal of civil suit
Faith Matters: More seek to become priests
Firefighters to hold annual memorial
Forest Park to reward recycling
Group rebuilding after theft
Man, 65, guilty of molesting two girls
Sisters of Charity celebrate 150th
Sycamore Twp. board rejects sales tax boost
Tentative deal to avoid school strike
Foes share desire for Bush link
Lawyers dissect strategy in Patton case
Patton seeks Conner leak
N.Ky. technical school renamed
Overturned tanker jams AA Highway