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Yahoo Privacy Plaintiffs Want Judge Who Ruled Against Google

Lawyers mounting privacy lawsuits over Yahoo! Inc.’s mail service are lining up to be heard by U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh after she ruled against Google Inc. in a case mirroring their clients’ accusations that Yahoo intercepted e-mails for its own gain without getting consent.

One plaintiff who filed a complaint Nov. 15 against Yahoo made a request that same day that his case be joined with related cases before Koh. His move followed an Oct. 25 request by plaintiffs in another suit against the largest U.S. Web portal to join an Oct. 2 complaint Yahoo assigned Oct. 23 to Koh in San Jose, California.