Lloyd Corporation v. Whiffen

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Lloyd Corporation v. Whiffen is a lawsuit decided by the Oregon Supreme Court in 1993. It was a key early case regarding petitioner access rights. In its decision, the Oregon high court ruled that petition circulators have a right to seek signatures on initiative petitions in the common areas of shopping malls. The court's rationale for the decision was protection of the I&R powers held by the citizens of the state under Article IV of the Oregon Constitution.

In its ruling, the state's high court said, "We hold that persons seeking signatures on initiative petitions in the common areas of the Lloyd Center have a constitutional right to do so under Article IV, section 1, of the Oregon Constitution, subject to reasonable time, place and manner restrictions."[1]

In 2000, the Oregon Supreme Court rather dramatically reversed itself in the case of Stranahan v. Meyer.[2]

Lloyd Corporation, the plaintiff in the case, owns the Lloyd Center, a large multi-use mall in Portland, Oregon.