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 April 3, 2011  Posted by  Court, Online

Timothy Tobin writes:

On March 28, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held, in Facebook, Inc. v. MAXBOUNTY, Inc., case no. CV-10-4712-JF, that messages sent by Facebook users to their Facebook friends’ walls, news feeds or home pages are “electronic mail messages” under the CAN-SPAM Act. The court, in denying the defendant MAXBOUNTY’s motion to dismiss, rejected that CAN-SPAM applies only to traditional e-mail as it is commonly understood. The ruling is the most expansive judicial interpretations to date of the types of messages falling within the purview of the CAN-SPAM Act. The court did not reach or otherwise address the underlying merits of the CAN-SPAM claims.

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