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PHILADELPHIA-On grounds that Hershey Trust’s sale of its controlling stock in Hershey Foods would harm the community, Pennsylvania State Attorney General Ron Fisher has filed a request in the Dauphin County Orphans Court in Harrisburg, PA on Aug.23, seeking a restraining order against the sale. The step follows by two weeks Fisher’s announced plans to introduce legislation that would require the trustees to consider community interests before selling its controlling stake in the company.

The move preceded widely circulating print and television reports that Zurich, Switzerland-basedNestle is offering $11.5 billion for Hershey Foods.

“We think it’s time to put a halt to this sale,” Fisher says in a statement. “We are concerned about the speed in which the Hershey Trust seems to be moving forward with their plans.”

In late July, the Trust, which is charged with protecting and preserving the 1,400-acre Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA announced that it was exploring steps to sell its 77% share in Hershey Foods. The move met with criticism from community groups.

Fisher is requesting that the trust delay accepting any offer for Hershey at least through October, so that legislation and court petitions designed to block the sale of all of the trust’s shares have time to proceed.

Robert Vowler, president and chief executive officer of the trust, however, issued a statement confirming that the trustees intention to “explore a sale has not wavered.

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