2003-05-23 / Editorial/Opinion

An Attempt To Bully ‘The Little Guys’

An Attempt To Bully ‘The Little Guys’

We cannot allow the lawsuit that was brought by Duane Reade against both local artist Patrick Clark and The Wave to pass without comment. Anthony Cuti, the pharmacy company’s chief executive, has told a number of papers in a statement, "I think the vehicle for responding to statements that are blatantly wrong and malicious is the use of the courts." We believe that any American citizen has the right to speak out. We further believe that a community newspaper such as The Wave is the vehicle best suited to insure that those voices are heard. A number of other media outlets obviously agree with The Wave’s position, as does the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), an organization that has chosen to represent Clark’s constitutional rights. The New York Times did a story on the lawsuit this week, following stories by Newsday, The Daily News, The New York Law Journal and the Irish Echo. The NYCLU summed up what many believe, calling the lawsuit "a thinly veiled attempt by a corporate giant to bully little guys." The Daily News, in its editorial, said, "The drugstore giant should smarten up and drop the case. Punishing someone for speaking out, muffling public opinion, isn’t the best prescription for maintaining customer loyalty." We agree.

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