Oregon attorney general Dave Frohnmayer released this opinion letter on Dec. 23, 1982:
Mr. S.T. Nicholas
1225 N. Pole
Gnome, Alaska 90001
Dear Mr. Nicholas:
This letter is to inform you of our decision in the complaint of improper business practices brought against you by Mr. I.M. Grinch.
In his complaint, Mr. Grinch has requested that the Oregon Department of Justice immediately seek a temporary restraining order prohibiting you from any business-related activities because of the following alleged violations of state and federal antitrust laws:
Finally, Mr. Grinch has accused you of having violated ORS 646.730, which states:
Every person who shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons to monopolize, any part of trade or commerce, shall be in violation of ORS 136.617, 646.705 or 646.805, and 646.990.
We find that you have participated in monopoly, but only in the delivery of the game to children, a non-citable practice.
We conclude that the allegations are unfounded and see no reason to convene a special grand jury. We have, however, filed a counterclaim on your behalf against I.M. Grinch under state antitrust laws for contriving a shortage of good will. His action may also constitute the crime of malicious rottenness.
Further, I have instructed our Consumer Protection Section to pay close attention to enforcement of chimney cleaning regulations for the remainder of 1982.