Southcenter Joint Venture v. National Democratic Policy Committee

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Southcenter Joint Venture v. National Democratic Policy Committee was a 1989 decision of the Washington Supreme Court concerning the question of whether a private group could legally solicit contributions and sell literature at a large regional shopping mall, when the owners of the private shopping mall did not wish the group to do so.

In its decision on the case, the justices took care to distinguish between the rights granted under Washington's I&R law and the rights granted under the state's freedom of speech provisions. In Alderwood Associations v. Washington Environmental Council, the court allowed circulators to collect signatures on private property against the wishes of the property owner; that decision was based on initiative rights. Since the private group who desired access to a shopping mall in the case of Southcenter Joint Venture v. National Democratic Policy Committee was not looking to collect signatures, their outcome was different.

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