American Online has won a court order blocking bulk e-mails from a company accused of bombarding the online service’s members with pornography and hiding behind bogus return addresses.
On Friday, a federal court in Alexandria, Va., barred Las Vegas-based Over the Air Equipment from sending any unsolicited e-mail, known as “spam,” to AOL members.
The preliminary injunction took effect immediately.
“We’ve won the first round in our fight against unsolicited junk e-mail,” said AOL lawyer George Vradenburg.
The phone number listed for Over the Air Equipment in Las Vegas was disconnected.
AOL filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 2, charging that Over the Air Equipment’s e-mails offered pornography over the World Wide Web.