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Judge puts Mississippi Facebook suit on hold

OXFORD — A federal judge has put a hold on a Mississippi woman’s lawsuit against Facebook.

U.S. Magistrate S. Allan Alexander agreed to stay the lawsuit at Facebook’s request.

The Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation is deciding whether to consolidate the suit with at least 11 other identical lawsuits against Facebook.

The Mississippi lawsuit contends that Facebook violates wiretap laws by recording users’ Internet browsing history without permission. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Oxford in November on behalf of Brooke Rutledge of Lafayette County.

The lawsuit claims Facebook violates wiretap laws with a tracking cookie that records users’ online activity even when they aren’t logged into Facebook.

Facebook denies the allegation.

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