Google Mass Texts Aren’t Protected Speech, Judge Says

Law360, New York (March 05, 2012, 1:09 PM ET) -- A California federal judge on Friday refused to dismiss a proposed class action claiming a Google Inc. group texting service illegally spammed consumers, rejecting the Internet services giant's argument that the First Amendment protected the texts.

Google and its partner in a group texting service called Disco had claimed the texts were protected speech because they were "informational" and noncommercial, but U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers pointed out Friday that the plaintiffs clearly alleged the texts included commercial advertisements.

“Defendants' argument that its Disco service...
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