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Without Comment, Judge Dismisses Girl Scout Cookie Lawsuit

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(From left to right) 16-year-old Caitlin Mills, her 14-year-old sister Abigail, their mother Carolyn and attorney Dave Roland with the Freedom Center of Missouri leave the St. Louis County Courthouse in Clayton last month. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

(From left to right) 16-year-old Caitlin Mills, her 14-year-old sister Abigail, their mother Carolyn and attorney Dave Roland with the Freedom Center of Missouri leave the St. Louis County Courthouse in Clayton last month. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) -  Without comment, without explanation — a St. Louis County circuit judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by two teenaged sisters who were told they couldn’t sell Girl Scout cookies outside their Hazelwood home.

“We’re perplexed,” said Dave Roland, attorney for 16-year-old Caitlin Mills and her 14-year-old sister Abigail.

He says the ruling was handed down Friday by Circuit Judge Maura McShane, but his office only learned of it Tuesday.

“Hazelwood’s attorneys are telling the girls to seek a license that explicitly prohibits the sale of commodities,” Roland said.  “Even if they wanted the license it would be futile for them to apply for it.  All this fuss is about whether kids can sell cookies in their own front yard!”

Roland said he’ll seek a clarification from Judge McShane, but regardless of what he learns he says the case is not over.

He can file a motion for rehearing or simply start from scratch and refile the case in St. Louis County Circuit Court.

 

 

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