JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Google Inc. is suing Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, trying to block him from pursuing criminal charges or filing a civil lawsuit against the company.
In a federal lawsuit filed Friday in Mississippi, Google says Hood "has engaged in a sustained campaign of threats" against the company, trying to force it to restrict access to content through its Internet search engine and advertising and on its video-sharing site, YouTube.
Hood issued a 79-page subpoena in October demanding information from Google about parts of its operations, including information about advertising for imported prescription drugs.
Hood said in response to Google's lawsuit that he is "calling a time out." He says he will reach out to Google attorneys to try to resolve issues that affect consumers, including unauthorized access to prescription drugs.