US court dissolves spam ruling

A California federal court dissolved a restraining order against SpamCop.net, only a day after issuing an order preventing the...

A California federal court dissolved a restraining order against SpamCop.net, only a day after issuing an order preventing the antispam service from warning ISPs about complaints of spam e-mail coming from their networks.

Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong dissolved a temporary restraining order against IronPort Systems, which owns SpamCop.

The order was granted in a case pitting IronPort against online marketing company OptInRealBig.com. Attorneys for OptInRealBig asked for an immediate injunction against SpamCop, saying that SpamCop's reports caused OptInRealBig to lose contracts with ISPs and customers.

After analysing opposition papers filed by IronPort after the injunction, the judge decided that "the interests of justice favour dissolution" of the order, the company said.

IronPort purchased SpamCop in November 2003. At the time of the purchase, IronPort, which sells networking hardware for managing and securing e-mail traffic, promised to invest about $1m to upgrade the service and keep it running.

IronPort is thankful for the ruling and the "expedited consideration of its [opposition] papers," a statement from IronPort said.

A preliminary hearing will take place next week, and IronPort is optimistic that it will prevail in the case.

Paul Roberts writes for IDG News Service

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