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Google Loses Bid for Appeals Review of Gmail Wiretap Suit

Google Inc. lost its bid for a federal appeals court review of a ruling that permitted a lawsuit to go forward over claims the company violated wiretap laws by scanning the contents of private e-mail messages.

U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh in San Jose, California, denied Google’s request for the appeal hearing in an order yesterday. While allowing federal claims in the lawsuit to proceed in a Sept. 26 ruling, Koh has yet to rule whether the plaintiffs can represent all Gmail users, as well as people whose messages were received by a Gmail user.