Saturday, May 16, 2015

Suit Charges Mall With Rejecting Christian Bookstore

In Missoula, Montana this week business owner Michael Burks filed suit against a local mall because it refused to allow him to open a Christian bookstore in retail space he was leasing. The complaint (full text) in Missoula Maulers, Inc. v. Southgate Mall Associates, (MT Dist. Ct., filed 5/11/2015), alleges that Burks became concerned about the profitability of a retail hockey store he was operating in the mall, and proposed replacing it with another of his businesses, a Christian bookstore. The mall refused.  The complaint alleges that the refusal was based on the store's status as a Christian bookstore, or "for some other malicious reason."  Helena Independent Record reports on the lawsuit.