A legal battle over a defunct Twin Falls adult bookstore has been resurrected from an unexpected angle.
The owners of the building that housed the Front Page bookstore have filed suit against the group that previously sued them.Jay and Barbara Moyle filed a complaint in 5th District Court on Friday against a group called the Determined Citizens Against Pornography, for wrongful initiation and continuation of a lawsuit.
The anti-pornography group had sued the Moyles in 1987 under Idaho's moral nuisance law, claiming their tenant was selling obscene materials.
The group asked the court to close the building for one year and to make the Moyles forfeit the rent to the state. The Moyles informed the citizens group that they would not renew the Front Page owner's lease, but the group persisted in its suit.
After the Front Page closed down, District Judge James May dismissed the case Sept. 16 and ordered everyone to pay his own attorneys' fees.
The Moyles' complaint charges that Citizens' lawsuit against them was malicious and without probable cause. It was filed, they say, for the purpose of harassing them.
Members of Determined Citizens Against Pornography made statements in court and on a local radio talk show about the reasons they filed the suit that the Moyles consider improper, their attorney William Tway said.
The Moyles also lost money because of time they spent away from their mink farm to defend themselves, according to the lawsuit.