Monday, June 20, 2005

Company settles spyware lawsuit for $7.5M
(Computer World)

Intermix also agrees to stop distributing adware, redirect programs

"JUNE 15, 2005 (REUTERS) - Intermix Media Inc. has agreed to pay the state of New York $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit charging it with bundling hidden spyware along with millions of programs it gave away for free, the company said yesterday.

The company also said it would permanently discontinue distribution of its adware, redirect and tool-bar programs, all of which Intermix said it had previously stopped distributing. Intermix said it did not admit any wrongdoing or liability.

The settlement follows New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's April lawsuit charging that the company's practice of bundling hidden spyware violated state laws prohibiting false advertising and deceptive business practices (see story)"