November 5, 1997 in Nation/World

Aol Wins Fight To Keep ‘Spam’ Out Of Members’ Mailboxes

Associated Press

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.

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