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.

       



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