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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed March 29 a district court’s dismissal of a complex civil lawsuit brought against America Online by a group of its subscribers (Howard v. America Online Inc., 9th Cir., No. 98-56138, 3/29/00).

The lawsuit was presented on appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Four individual plaintiffs, acting on behalf of themselves and 100 “Doe” and “Roe” defendants, brought the lawsuit against America Online Inc. and individual officials of the company for violations of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. �� 1962(c) and (d); violations of the Communications Act of 1934, 47 U.S.C. �� 151-613; false advertising in violation of California Business and Professional Code �� 17500-17509; fraud and deceit; negligence; unfair business practices in violation of California Business and Professional Code �� 17200-17210; and declaratory and injunctive relief. The district court granted AOL’s motion to dismiss.

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