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SAN FRANCISCO—Anti-malware software-maker Malwarebytes has scored a legal victory under a rarely litigated provision of Section 230, winning dismissal of a suit alleging it used its software to try and edge out a competitor.

U.S. District Judge Edward Davila of the Northern District of California on Tuesday ruled Malwarebytes cannot be held liable for its decision to filter Florida-based Enigma Software Group USA’s anti-malware products as “potentially unwanted programs,” despite allegations it did so for anti-competitive reasons.

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Ben Hancock

Ben Hancock is the Data Editor for ALM Media and Law.com. He is based in San Francisco.

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