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Judge tosses Girl Scout cookie lawsuit

Aug. 18, 2011 at 4:00 AM   |   Comments

HAZELWOOD, Mo., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A Missouri judge said a woman should have spoken further with her city about the Girl Scout cookie stand at her home before going to court.

St. Louis County Circuit Judge Maura McShane threw out the lawsuit brought against the city of Hazelwood by Carolyn Mills, who said the city forced her daughters, Caitlin, 16, and Abigail, 14, to stop selling their Girl Scout cookies from a stand at their home because it violated city codes, the St. Louis (Mo.) Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday.

McShane said Mills should have spoken with city officials about reconsidering the policy before taking her case to court.

The court "lacks the authority to review plaintiffs' claims as a result of the exhaustion requirement," McShane wrote in her Friday ruling.

Dave Roland, Mills' lawyer and co-founder of the limited government group Freedom Center of Missouri, said he disagreed with McShane's ruling.

"Can the city forbid them from selling cookies? Is that legal?" he asked. "That's a question that absolutely should be answered in court."

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