Co. Didn't Commit Fraud When Clicking Rival's Ads: Judge

Law360, New York (April 17, 2017, 8:37 PM EDT) -- Satellite phone company Whenever Communications LLC did not engage in fraud by intentionally seeking out the internet ads of competitor Satmodo LLC and clicking on them to run through the rival's daily allotment, a California federal judge ruled Friday. 

U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia said he agreed with defendant Whenever that Satmodo’s Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claims fail because the alleged conduct — accessing Satmodo’s computers without authorization by logging onto the search engine website and making fraudulent clicks or, alternatively, exceeding its authorized access after it was notified of the wrongful conduct in 2016 — doesn’t line up...

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