Judge Refuses Class-Action Status for Gmail Lawsuit

Google Inc. won a major victory in its fight against claims it illegally scanned private e-mail messages to and from Gmail accounts, defeating a bid to unify lawsuits in a single group case on behalf of hundreds of millions of Internet users. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, refused to let the case proceed as a class action, which would have allowed plaintiffs to pool resources and put greater pressure on Google to settle.