Judge Lifts Restraining Order; Dealership Protest Takes To Air
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A motorist who wants everyone to know about her fight with an auto dealer has stepped up her campaign, emboldened by a judge’s ruling.
Circuit Judge Henry F. Martin Jr. on Thursday lifted a restraining order preventing Betty Cochran Turner from publicly protesting repairs made to her car by Parrish Volvo Inc. He said the order, which he imposed weeks earlier at the dealer’s request, violated right to free speech.
Mrs. Turner promptly hired several airplanes to fly over the city with banners reading ″Parrish Volvo Robbed Betty Turner.″
Mrs. Turner has spent at least $8,500 in her dispute with the dealer over what she claims were faulty repairs to her car last summer. She rented a billboard near the dealership, rented an electronic sign on a boat and placed an advertisement in a weekly newspaper.
Richard Parrish, president of the family-run dealership, said the business had been hurt by the advertisements. The dealership has denied making faulty repairs. ″We feel this is a direct slap at the family name,″ he said.