by Mike Masnick
Wed, May 5th 2010 1:59am
Back in February, we highlighted a rather odd antitrust lawsuit brought against Google by a small company. Google had originally brought a lawsuit against the company in the Ohio state court system for failure to pay its advertising bills, and the company suddenly came back with a group of big name (expensive) lawyers (who just happen to have a connection with Microsoft), claiming antitrust violations against Google. Google filed to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming that its protected in its actions under Section 230 -- and that this trumps any state laws. It appears that Ohio's Attorney General is siding with the local company. Eric Goldman points us to the news that the Attorney General is arguing that Section 230 does not apply here, saying that state laws trump Section 230 and that Google's reasoning for why Section 230 apply are flawed:
The reasoning is a bit of inside baseball, but it's interesting to note that even Ohio's Attorney General is now getting involved in this case, which started as a small time attempt to collect some unpaid bills... and has now turned into something much, much bigger.
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