February 5, 2002 1:40 PM PST
Spam case appealed to state court
In 1999, California resident Mark Ferguson sued Friendfinder and Conru, alleging that they had sent him and others unsolicited e-mail advertisements that were deceptive, misleading and in violation of state law. In January, a California appeals court upheld the state's anti-spam law, which requires unsolicited messages to be labeled as advertisements and include an address or toll-free phone number recipients can use to tell the sender to stop sending documents. The ruling reversed a decision by a San Francisco Superior Court judge, who ruled that California's anti-spam law is unconstitutional.