Atlanta-based EarthLink broadened its own attack on spammers on Wednesday by teaming with Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft for a series of lawsuits.

“Today’s action is just the beginning. We will continue to collaborate with other industry leaders in the fight against spam,” said EarthLink vice president, chief privacy officer and assistant general counsel Les Seagraves, according to NewsFactor.

EarthLink has previously filed legal action under state laws against a number of alleged spammers.

Spam now accounts for 62 percent of all email, according to Brightmail, an email filtering company. That’s a 4 percent increase from December, according to The New York Times.

Six lawsuits were filed, naming hundreds of defendants.

The group is seeking to enforce the CAN-SPAM Act (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003) signed into law by President Bush and effective January 1, 2004.

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