The U.S. Supreme Court May 1 denied certiorari to a New York Court of Appeals ruling that Internet service providers are not legally and financially liable when someone is defamed in e-mail communications or bulletin board messages (Lunney v. Prodigy Servs. Co., U.S., No. 99-1430, cert. denied, 5/1/00).

The court let stand the appeals court decision stemming from threatening and profane e-mail messages that an impostor posted in 1994 in the name of Alexander Lunney, who was then 15 and a New York high school student.