The college gossip web site JuicyCampus.com has criticized a consumer fraud investigation launched by the New Jersey attorney general, the Associated Press reports. “JuicyCampus has not violated any laws,” reads an unsigned statement posted on the web site earlier this week. The statement also accuses the attorney general of interfering with users’ free speech. JuicyCampus publishes anonymous, often malicious gossip about college students, with language ranging from catty to hateful and potentially offensive.
Last week, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram subpoenaed the company as part of a fraud investigation. She said JuicyCampus might be violating the state’s Consumer Fraud Act by suggesting that it doesn’t allow offensive material but not enforcing that policy. Since then, the Connecticut attorney general has also launched a fraud investigation of the company and its Nevada-based owner, and a California lawmaker has urged his state attorney general to do the same…

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