Are Big-box Superstores The New Town Squares?
"The point of the landmark Pruneyard Shopping Center ruling in 1979 was that people who have something to say must be allowed to do it at the mall, even though their leafleting and sign carrying would be taking place on some companys private property.But just as town squares vanished, or at least turned into desolate quarters of downtown, the malls too are disappearing, being replaced by big-box superstores like Target, Home Depot and Wal-Mart. The law has yet to catch up. Petitioning is common outside superstores, but no rulings yet have cleared up whether standalone big boxes are the new town squares and must surrender some of their control to people exercising their free-speech rights. So far it doesn't look good."
Thanks to Chris Steins