In a free-speech case watched closely by civil libertarians, California's high court OK'd a barrage of eMail messages sent by a fired Intel Corp. worker. Even though the messages disparaged his former employer, they did not trespass on the company's servers, the court decided.

The ruling could have significant implications for school districts and other organizations, stripping them of a potential legal strategy in the fight against unwanted eMail.

In a 4-3 decision issued June 30, the California Supreme Court overturned a lower-court injunction barring Kourosh Kenneth Hamidi from sending...

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