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Atlanta vending agreement struck down

ATLANTA (AP) - An exclusive agreement between a vending company and the city of Atlanta has been struck down by the Fulton County Superior Court.

In 2009 the city granted a Chicago-based business all vending rights on public property. The agreement also revoked vending permits from 16 other businesses.

In 2011, two vendors who operated near Turner Field sued the city to challenge the monopoly.

A superior court judge Friday ruled the city's anti-competitive vending agreement violated the state constitution and Atlanta's city charter.

A judge says city officials exceeded their power in arranging the vending monopoly. The court declared the city's vending rules void, and granted a permanent injunction barring the city from preventing the vendors from operating on public property.

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