AOL class action suit refiled

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A class action suit against America Online has been refiled in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District in Virginia. Attorneys acting on behalf of content providers, advertisers, electronic commerce users and other filed a consolidated and amended class action complaint on Jan. 26.

Last year, attorneys throughout the U.S. filed class action suits on behalf of clients claiming lost business and revenue because AOL's networks became severely jammed when it began offering $19.95 per month unlimited service.

Meanwhile, attorneys general from several states also filed law suits on behalf of their constituents and eventually reached a settlement with AOL. A federal judge had put a hold on the attorney-driven class action suits until the attorneys generals' case was legally settled. However, that stay expired Dec. 1 and the class action suits were reactivated.

Copyright February 1998, Crain Communications Inc.

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