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January 9, 2006

Supreme Court Denies Appeal in Spam Case

The Supreme Court declined an appeal today from an online service that had sent thousands of unsolicited emails to University of Texas students.  White Buffalo Ventures sent mail to students on behalf of a dating web site, LonghornSingles.com.  When the University blocked White Buffalo after students complained, the service sued the University under the Can-Spam Act, alleging that the University's policy was pre-empted by the federal law and violated White Buffalo's First Amendment rights.  The District Judge, and later the 5th Circuit disagreed.  The Supreme Court's denial of appeal today leaves those rulings in place.

The White Buffalo Ventures v. University of Texas opinion from the 5th Circuit is available here from FindLaw.  The citation is 420 F.3d 366.  Quote the Supreme Court: "The petition for writ of certiorari is denied."  The high court docket number is 05-520.

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