Four of the country's biggest e-mail and Internet service providers on Wednesday filed lawsuits against hundreds of defendants alleging violations of the new law against mass e-mails known as spam.

Time Warner Inc. unit America Online, EarthLink Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo! Inc. announced the filing of the suits under the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, which went into effect Jan. 1.

Source: [URL=http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4538763]Reuters[/URL].