America Online, the largest US Internet service provider, has escalated its fight against unsolicited e-mail with lawsuits against individuals and companies accused of being major purveyors of “spam,” the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

The five lawsuits filed on Friday through to Monday in the US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, accuse more than a dozen defendants of sending AOL members an estimated one billion pieces of unsolicited e-mail that led to more than eight million complaints, the Post reported, citing court documents.

AOL is seeking $10 million in damages and an end to the unsolicited e-mails, the report said.

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