JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has dismissed Google’s federal lawsuit against him, a move that will allow Hood’s office to continue its case alleging the company facilitates illegal behavior.
“The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals clearly saw through Google’s attempt to misuse the federal courts in an effort to obstruct a sovereign state’s investigation into state-law matters,” Hood said. “It should be a concern of every American citizen when a corporation tries such a brazen end-run around state law. I am grateful for the court’s ruling on an issue important to protecting children and families in Mississippi and across the country.”
Hood took action against Google more than three years ago, claiming the company does not do enough to prevent people from breaking the law. In 2014, he sent a subpoena to Google to force it to produce information about many topics. Hood alleges it is too easy to view copyrighted materials or buy counterfeit goods using Google's services.