Firms abandon Olympics legal challenge

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Scores of small businesses have withdrawn their legal challenge to the organisers of the Olympics over planned road closures and security restrictions which they claim will put hundreds of jobs at risk.

Test cases were due to be launched at the High Court in London today, with affected business leaders in Hackney, east London, saying companies could collapse.

A legal spokesman for the businesses said they had to withdraw because "of lack of time" and because the businesses could not compete with the "bottomless pockets and blank cheque books" of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

About 50 businesses employing hundreds of people are affected and range from transport firms to printers, cafes, garages and retailers.


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