Mississippi AG Jim Hood asks court to dismiss Google’s lawsuit (updated)

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi’s attorney general says a suit against him by Google should be dismissed.

In court papers filed Jan. 12, Democrat Jim Hood argues the Internet search giant’s assertion that it is protected by federal law fails to invalidate state laws under which he’s investigating, and that Google has jumped the gun because Hood doesn’t know what information his inquiry will yield.

“This lawsuit is nothing more than a brazen strategic maneuver on Google’s part to hinder the attorney general’s investigation into its possible violations of Mississippi law,” a lawyer for Hood wrote. “And for this, Google does not enjoy constitutional immunity from compliance with Mississippi’s consumer protection laws.”