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Judge: Return sweepstakes papers to firm

Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 19, 1998


TAMPA -- A Hillsborough circuit judge ordered Tuesday that about 2,000 pages of Time Customer Service documents taken by a former sweepstakes manager be returned to the company.

The documents had been given to the court clerk by Anne Curran, a former Time customer service manager who has accused American Family Publishers of deceptive trade tactics. Both American Family and Time Customer Service Inc. are affiliates of Time Warner.

Curran filed suit last month against Time Customer Service for emotional distress, blaming her duty to meet with dozens of people who had traveled to Tampa thinking they had won multimillion-dollar prizes. The meetings sometimes ended with the people being angry and making threats, Curran claims.

Time Customer Service filed a suit against Curran, claiming she might disclose proprietary information.

The company was also concerned about the content of 200 electronic-mail messages that Curran sent to her husband's home computer without company permission.

In the order, Circuit Judge Gregory P. Holder wrote it was "absolutely undisputed" that the 2,000 pages of documents belonged to Time, and should be returned immediately.


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