JACKSON — Computer industry groups are joining Google’s effort to block an investigation by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.
Industry groups filed two friend-of-the-court briefs Friday saying that federal law should block Hood from even trying to investigate Google. They say a subpoena that Hood sent Google in October is mainly aimed at actions by others, and not Google. They say the 1996 Communications Decency Act blocks Google from being held accountable for what third parties say.
Hood, though, says he’s investigating actions taken by Google itself, and says the Mountain View, California, company could be liable under Mississippi consumer protection laws. Hood says Google has jumped the gun on its objections because he doesn’t know what his inquiry will find.
A hearing on the case is set Feb. 13 in Jackson.
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