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AOL FILES SUIT TO STOP BARRAGE OF JUNK E-MAILS

In its latest effort to stem the flood of bulk e-mails to its members, America Online is taking legal action to stop a company from bombarding AOL users with messages.

AOL's lawsuit, filed in federal court in Alexandria, Va., alleges that the Las Vegas-based Over the Air Equipment has sent thousands of unsolicited e-mails to its subscribers and hid behind phony return addresses.

"This lawsuit is the first step in a more aggressive campaign against junk e-mail," said Randall Boe, associate general counsel for AOL. "These guys are . . . disguising their return address and making it look like it came from AOL."

AOL says that Over the Air Equipment's e-mails offered pornography over the World Wide Web and used the AOL trademark without permission.

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