Virginia-based America Online Inc. is fighting class actions on both coasts alleging that its latest software, Version 5.0, blocks users from accessing the Web through rival Internet service providers.

Plaintiff Farhad Khazai, a Maryland resident, filed a class action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia Jan. 31, alleging interference with contractual relations, fraudulent suppression, violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act, and violation of the Virginia Computer Crimes Act (Khazai v. America Online, E.D. Va., No. CA 00-145-A, filed 1/31/00).