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December 19, 2014

Google Sues Mississippi AG, Causing Him to Call ‘Time Out’ in His Probe of Google

On the same day that New York Times journalist Eric Lipton published this blockbuster story about the “flourishing industry that pairs plaintiffs’ lawyers with state attorneys general to sue companies” — Lipton reports that Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has called a “time out” in his probe of Google.

Hood, who was featured prominently in Lipton’s earlier article, had filed a 79-page subpoena against Google in October, suggesting that the company was “knowingly profiting” from sales of illegal drugs, pornography and other materials via its search engine.

Today, Google sued Hood — accusing the attorney general of “conspiring with the movie industry.”

“Emails and other records obtained by The New York Times – and which were stolen from Sony by hackers – showed how the movie industry, through a nonprofit group it funded, had hired the former attorney general from Mississippi, whom Mr. Hood used to work for, to put pressure on Mr. Hood to go after the company,” writes Lipton.

Shortly after Google filed its lawsuit, Hood issued a statement, saying he was “calling a time out, so that cooler heads may prevail.”

Read the full story here.

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