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Says statute sought to regulate commerce outside state's bordersThe Associated Press
Updated: 1:07 p.m. ET Dec. 14, 2004
ROCKVILLE, Md. - A Maryland judge has ruled the state's anti-spam law is unconstitutional.

The judge tossed out a suit against a New York e-mail marketer, saying the state law seeks to regulate commerce outside Maryland's borders.

Congress and more than three-dozen state legislatures have passed laws to limit junk e-mail advertising. Appeals courts in California and Washington state have upheld the spam laws and reversed lower court decisions similar to this latest judgment.

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