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 May 5, 2005
Town, environmental group settle canvassing lawsuit
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JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) -- An environmental group has reached a settlement with the town of Johnston over the group�s door-to-door canvassing.

The group, Clean Water Action, had sued over a Town Council directive that it not go door-to-door between seven and nine p-m.

The American Civil Liberties Union represented the group, saying the town�s restriction violated Clean Water Action�s first amendment rights.

After the suit was filed, the A-C-L-U won a temporary restraining order suspending the restriction on canvassing hours. The restriction is no longer enforced.

This week, in exchange for a dismissal of the lawsuit, the town

agreed to pay five-thousand dollars in damages to Clean Water Action and nine-thousand dollars in attorney�s fees.

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